HOUSTON -- The Lucius exploration well in Keathley Canyon block 875 in the Gulf of Mexico has hit pay, according to operator Anadarko. The well encountered more than 200 ft (61 m) of net pay in subsalt Pliocene and Miocene sands. The discovery is a three-way structure against salt and results indicate thick reservoir sands with very good porosity and permeability, the company says.
The company is gathering data to evaluate fluids from the well and plans to immediately drill an up-dip sidetrack appraisal well to delineate the reservoir's areal extent. The appraisal well will be drilled approximately 3,200 ft (975 m) south of the Lucius discovery.
According Bob Daniels, Anadarko’s senior VP of worldwide exploration, the well’s proximity to the Red Hawk cell spar enhances potential development options and offers the opportunity to accelerate production.
The new semisub Ensco 8500 drilled the well to a total depth of about 20,000 ft (6,096 m) in approximately 7,100 ft (2,164 m) of water.
Anadarko hits pay on Lucius in GoM
The Lucius exploration well in Keathley Canyon block 875 in the Gulf of Mexico has hit pay, according to operator Anadarko.