Total Finds Oil in the Gulf of Mexico



Total has successfully drilled its Alaminos Canyon Block 856 No. 1 well in the Gulf of Mexico. The block is located approximately 140 miles east of the Texas coast.

Drilled in 7,600 feet of water to a total depth of 14,600 feet, the well encountered approximately 290 feet of pay in two oil-bearing zones. An appraisal well will be drilled to further assess the extent of the accumulation. The well was drilled by the Stena Tay semisub.

Total E&P USA, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Total S.A., is the operator with a 70-percent interest. Nexen Inc. holds the remaining 30 percent.

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