Providence Makes Second High Island Discovery
Providence, along with its High Island A268 partners, has successfully drilled a 2nd well at High Island A268 in the Gulf of Mexico. The A2 exploration well, in which Providence holds a 5% working interest, was drilled from the newly installed High Island A268 'A' platform using the Todco 250 jackup. The A2 well TD bottom hole location is approximately 1 mile east of the A1 well discovery, announced in January 2007. The A2 well was drilled targeting new potential gas accumulations, with pre-drill gross recoverable volumes estimated at between 3.5 to 5.8 BSCFG. The actual drilling results met pre-drill expectations with the discovery of 2 high quality gas bearing sands with a combined net gas pay equal to the pre-drill expectations. Average porosities derived from well log analysis and sidewall core data indicate good quality sands and therefore is likely to provide significant gas flow rate potential.
A production liner has now been set across the reservoir intervals, and completion operations are currently underway. First gas is expected to be produced from the A2 well towards the end of August 2007. The A2 well will produce gas from the lower reservoir first. Once the reserves from the lower reservoir have been fully exploited, the reserves in upper reservoir will then be produced, maximizing overall gas recovery in this well.
After completion of the A2 well, the Todco 250 will move back to the A1 well and will commence completion operations there. The A1 well is expected to be on production in mid September 2007.
Commenting on this development, Tony O'Reilly Jnr. Chief Executive said:
"We are very pleased with this additional discovery at High Island. Following on from the successful gas discovery at High Island A268 in January 2007, we immediately elected to move the discovery into fast-track development. A production platform, with the capability to process the gas and export it to market via nearby existing infrastructure, has been successfully installed on High Island A268 to process gas from the A1 well.
"The inclusion of gas from the A2 well is an added bonus for the partners involved as the economic justification for the production platform was based solely on production from the A1 well.
"All going according to plan, we would expect commercial production
of gas from both wells at High Island A268 in mid-September 2007,
thereby validating our strategy to enter into development/production
opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico, where the timelines are short".
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