Marathon Drills Two Dusters in Gulf of Mexico

Marathon Oil Company reported that it did not encounter hydrocarbons at the company's Paris Carver and Flathead exploratory wells in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

The Paris Carver and Flathead wells are located in Green Canyon Block 601 and Walker Ridge Block 30, respectively. Paris Carver was drilled to a total depth of 24,120 feet in 4,572 feet of water, and Flathead was drilled to a total depth of 28,043 feet in 6,556 feet of water. The company has plugged and abandoned the Paris Carver well. The Flathead well has been temporarily abandoned and, after completing additional technical studies, Marathon will consider reentering and sidetracking options.

Marathon was operator of the Paris Carver well and holds a 50 percent interest in Blocks 601 and 602. The company also operated the Flathead well and holds a 100 percent interest in Block 30.