HOUSTON -- The semisubmersible drilling rig Ocean Monarch is on location and initial operations are under way for further drilling at the Friesian No. 2 discovery well in the Gulf of Mexico.
Operator Plains Exploration & Production and its partner decided to deepen the well an additional 3,500 ft to 32,500 ft TVD to test the prolific main field equivalent sands such as the M15, M18, M21A, and M21B at Tahiti. Existing data show strong correlation, both geologic and pressure, from the initial Miocene field pay sands at Tahiti to the drilled portion of Friesian No. 2, according to PXP.