Marathon Says Ewing Bank Platform Appears to be Sound

Marathon has two operated production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, these are located at South Pass Block 86 Platform C and at Ewing Bank Block 873 Platform A (Lobster). The Ewing Bank 873 platform serves as a hub for Ewing Bank 917 (Oyster) and Ewing Bank 963 (Arnold), both of which are subsea wells tied back to Lobster. The platform's gross current production has averaged about 11,700 barrels of oil per day and about 10.5 million cubic feet of gas per day. Marathon holds a 66.67 working interest and is operator. South Pass Block 86 Platform C, which has a gross production of less than 200 barrels of oil per day, has been shut in for mechanical issues since July 31, 2008. Marathon holds a 25% working interest and is operator. 

On Saturday, Sept. 13, Marathon conducted an initial assessment of its Ewing Bank platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The platform appears to be structurally sound, pending a more complete assessment. A team is returning today to gather additional information; but the employees will not be manning the platform overnight. Production remains shut-in.


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