Hilcorp Energy Completes Second Lightning Field Well



Hilcorp Energy Completes Second Lightning Field Well
There is now the potential to continue to significantly improve this already large gas and condensate accumulation.

Hilcorp Energy has completed the Green #2 well in the Tex Miss 1 interval with 66 feet of perforations out of a total of 146 feet of net pay. The well, located in the Lightning field onshore Matagorda County, Texas, is producing 12.4 MMscf per day of gas and over 350 bbl per day of condensate. It is the second appraisal well on the prospect.

Australia-based Otto Energy Ltd. is a joint-venture partner in the Lightning JV project (37.5 percent working interest). Houston-based Hilcorp is the operator.

Construction of upgraded facility and flowlines was completed in early February and the capacity of the sales tap has been increased to approximately 36 MMscf/day. The company plans to run both wells and evaluate the potential for further wells to be added to the field.

The lower Tex Miss 2/3 zone has been tested in both the Green #1 and Green #2 wells. In both tests, production from the Tex Miss 2/3 zone has indicated that the zone has lower permeability than the Tex Miss 1 and has not been able to establish steady production.

It was planned to evaluate the Tex Miss 2/3 zone with the inclusion of a fracture stimulation in the Green #2 well, however bottom hole conditions following the need to sidetrack the Green #2 well did not prove suitable for such an operation, according to Otto Energy.

The companies are planning a future well to test the ability to stimulate the Tex Miss 2/3 zone.

“Otto is very pleased with the results from the recently completed Green #2 well,” said Otto Energy Managing Director and CEO Matthew Allen. “There is now the potential to continue to significantly improve this already large gas and condensate accumulation. With two wells producing from the field, there is confidence in the large size of the Tex Miss 1 reservoir interval. The task ahead of the joint venture is to now unlock the potential of the even larger Tex Miss 2/3 interval.”

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