NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – McMoRan Exploration Co. says its Lafitte well on Eugene Island block 223 in 140 ft (43 m) of water encountered additional hydrocarbons.
The well, drilled to TVD of 29,756 ft (9,070 m), recorded 56 net ft (17 m) of hydrocarbon-bearing sands over a 58-ft (17¾-m) gross interval in the Cris-R section of the Lower Miocene.
The new Cris-R sand interval combined with the 115 ft (35 m) of potential net pay (250 gross ft, or 76 m) announced previously brings the total possible productive net sands to 171 ft (52 m) in the Lafitte well.
Flow testing is required to confirm the ultimate flow rate, McMoRan says. The company also plans to apply for a permit to deepen the Lafitte well to a proposed total depth of 32,000 ft (9,754 m) to evaluate deeper Miocene and Oligocene objectives.