The Raton appraisal well encountered hydrocarbons in the anticipated sand intervals and has been temporarily abandoned. Additional technical work is needed to evaluate future options. The well is located in 3,400 feet of water and reached a total measured depth of 20,913 feet.
Noble Energy is currently planning a fast-track subsea development of a natural gas interval discovered in the original Raton well. Production from this zone is expected to commence during the first half of 2008.
Noble Energy is the operator of the Raton project with a 50 percent working interest. Samson Offshore and Energy Partners, Ltd. each have a 25 percent working interest.
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