McMoRan's Latest Efforts at Davy Jones Site Meet 'Limited Success'

McMoRan Exploration Co. said its latest drilling efforts in the Davy Jones prospect in the Gulf of Mexico met with "limited success."

Earlier this month, McMoRan said it would attempt to use a propellant stimulation gun after prior efforts failed to remove a component of drilling mud that was thought to be restricting flow from the well.

The company, which focuses on drilling for natural gas and operates some of the deepest wells in the world, on Thursday said it is starting operations to reperforate the well with electric wireline through-tubing guns.

McMoRan has been focused on Davy Jones, which the company has said has the potential to be one of the largest wells on the Gulf's shelf in decades. However, the company's efforts in the 20,000-acre, ultradeep reservoir in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico--currently in progress on South Marsh Island Block 230--have been challenged by a series of technical difficulties this year.

McMoRan is the operator of Davy Jones and holds a 63% working interest and a 50% net-revenue interest in it.


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