Bridge announced that its 100% interest Durango well is demonstrating excellent productivity. Flow rates have exceeded the target 30 million cubic feet of gas per day but the well has been mostly constrained to less than 20 million cubic feet of gas per day since first production on November 26 due to metering problems on Waveney Platform downstream of the separator.
The platform operator is addressing the issue and Bridge expects to be boosting production to a high rate imminently. The flowing well-head pressure at a stable flow rate of 18.5 million cubic feet of gas per day is 2,597 psia compared to the initial shut-in well-head pressure of 2,770 psia. Average condensate production is 24.4 stock tank barrels per million cubic feet of gas.
The Durango well commenced production less than six months after completion of drilling and testing operations on the 48/21a-4Z appraisal well on June 16 and three months after receiving Field Development Plan approval on August 22. Bridge wishes to express its appreciation to ADIL, Project Manager, and to all the contractors involved in achieving the 14.3 km tie-back to Waveney Platform in such a short time.
Bridge is currently evaluating LAPS pipeline gas balancing issues arising from the high Durango flowing pressure. Bridge has formed an experienced team to target equitable resolution of this issue early in 2009 following a period of actual production to assess the impact on existing wells feeding LAPS. UK gas prices are currently averaging 55p/therm (US $8.25/mcf equivalent).
Bridge plans to build cash reserves prior to finalizing its 2009 drilling plans. Bridge currently operates 12 licenses in the UK North Sea but has only two commitment wells, Aspen and South Trent, which require commencement of drilling operations prior to December 22, 2009. At this time Bridge has not entered into any drilling contracts.
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