El Paso's Test Rates Soar at Second Eagle Ford Well

El Paso Exploration & Production Company's second Eagle Ford well tested at a flow rate and liquids content at the high end of the company's expectations. During a 24-hour period, the Hixon 1H well in La Salle County, Texas tested at an average rate of 2.9 million cubic feet (MMcf) of natural gas per day and 721 barrels per day of 51.7 API gravity condensate on a 24/64-inch choke with 1,822 pounds of flowing casing pressure. On a six-to-one oil-to-gas equivalent basis, the well tested at 7.2 MMcfe/d. The natural gas is liquids rich, testing at 1,368 Btu per standard cubic foot.

The well was drilled to a vertical depth of approximately 9,950 feet with a 4,100-foot horizontal lateral. El Paso completed the well with a 14-stage fracture stimulation treatment.

"We are very pleased with the drilling and completion performance of our second Eagle Ford well," said Brent Smolik, president of El Paso Exploration & Production Company. "The Hixon 1H tested at the high end of our forecast, and it has a much higher liquids content, which further enhances our economics. We are encouraged with the results, and we are accelerating our Eagle Ford program with the addition of a second rig, which will operate in the area where this well was drilled."