Q14-3 exploration well dry

The Q14-3 exploration well offshore Netherlands is dry and has been plugged and abandoned, according to Cirrus Energy Nederland.

Offshore staff

ALBERTA, Canada -- The Q14-3 exploration well offshore Netherlands is dry and has been plugged and abandoned, according to Cirrus Energy Nederland.

The company reports that the well discovered a gas accumulation in the Triassic Volpriehausen reservoir based on hydrocarbon shows during drilling, log results and subsequent interpretation and RFT data, which recovered samples of good quality high calorific gas with pressure data indicating a substantial potential gas column.

However, a sustainable flow rate of gas was not achieved during testing despite acid wash and water-injection treatments, the company says. The data acquired during drilling and testing will now be analyzed to ascertain the likely size of the gas accumulation and the reasons for the absence of flow during testing. Initial indications are that reservoir formation damage resulted from the substantial volumes of drilling mud lost to the reservoir during drilling, the company says.

With ongoing weather-related delays still preventing the installation of the M7-A production platform, theNoble Lynda Bossler drilling rig will imminently be moved to Chevron's L11-A production platform to drill the L11-13 well into the southern extension of the L8-D gas field.

The drilling and testing of the deviated L11-13 well to a total measured depth of approximately 5,600 m (18,373 ft) is expected to take 90 days, the company says.

11/19/2008

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