Devon Makes Plans for Winter Drilling on Mackenzie Delta

Devon Energy has made plans for its winter exploration program in Canada's Mackenzie Delta. Devon will drill one well in partnership with Shell Canada and participate in a second well on a separate license with Petro-Canada.

Devon has entered into an agreement with Shell Canada to drill the Itiginkpak F-29 natural gas exploration well later this month. Devon owns a 40 percent interest and will operate the well. The well, which will test the Napartok structure, is located approximately 17 miles northwest of Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. Construction of the ice road and lease site is under way.

"We are pleased to be operating a program in a new partnership with Shell," said John Richels, president of Devon Canada. "This project provides us with a great opportunity to utilize Devon's established infrastructure, field personnel and access to local services."

Devon could drill a follow-up well approximately two miles north of the first, contingent upon the success of the Itiginkpak F-29. Shell has an option to participate in this follow-up well.

Devon and partner Petro-Canada drilled three wells in the Mackenzie Delta in 2002. One of the three wells, the Devon-operated Tuk M-18, tested at restricted rates up to 30 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. The well has estimated reserve potential of 200 to 300 billion cubic feet. It has estimated sustained deliverability of about 60 to 80 million cubic feet per day.

Devon and Petro-Canada are preparing to drill another Mackenzie Delta well, Nuna I-30. It is located approximately 56 miles northeast of Inuvik on Petro-Canada-operated lands. Nuna I-30 is expected to start drilling in early February 2003.

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