Anadarko Petroleum Corporation announced its second deepwater Gulf of Mexico discovery this week. The Shenandoah discovery well, located in Walker Ridge Block 52, encountered net oil pay approaching 300 feet in the Wilcox formation.
"This has been a remarkable week, with back-to-back deepwater discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico," said
Shenandoah is located in approximately 5,750 feet of water and was drilled by the Noble Paul Romano semisub to a total depth of about 30,000 feet. Anadarko and the co-owners of the discovery are evaluating the well results and the next steps toward future appraisal activity. Anadarko operates Shenandoah with a 30% working interest. Co-owners of the discovery include ConocoPhillips (40%), Cobalt International Energy L.P. (20%) and Marathon (10%).
Also in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Anadarko expects to spud the Vito Middle-Miocene prospect in Mississippi Canyon Block 984 and the Samurai Middle- and Lower-Miocene exploration well in Green Canyon Block 432 during the first quarter. Anadarko operates these wells with a 20% working interest and a 33.33% working interest, respectively.
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