Hess discovers natural gas off Australia

Hess Corp. has discovered natural gas with the Nimblefoot-1 exploration well on Australia's Northwest Shelf.

Offshore staff

NEW YORK -- Hess Corp. has discovered natural gas with the Nimblefoot-1 exploration well on Australia's Northwest Shelf. The well encountered 93 ft (28 m) of net gas pay, the company says.

Nimblefoot-1 is the third of four initial exploration wells being drilled on the WA-390-P permit by Hess in 2008. The previous wells, Glencoe-1 and Briseis-1, were announced as discoveries earlier this year.

The semisubmersibleJack Bates drilled the well in 3,658 ft (1,115 m) of water. Following the completion of the well, the rig will move 27 km (16.7 mi) southeast to drill the Warrior prospect.

09/04/2008

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