HOUSTON -- Anadarko Petroleum has made a second deepwater Gulf of Mexico discovery this week. The Shenandoah discovery well, located in Walker Ridge block 52, encountered net oil pay approaching 300 ft (91 m) in the Wilcox formation, the company reports.
Shenandoah is located in approximately 5,750 ft (1,753 m) of water and was drilled to a total depth of 30,000 ft (9,144 m). Anadarko and the co-owners of the discovery are evaluating the well results and the next steps toward future appraisal activity.
Also in the deepwater GoM, Anadarko expects to spud the Vito Middle-Miocene prospect in Mississippi Canyon block 984 and the Samurai Middle- and Lower-Miocene exploration well in Green Canyon block 432 during the first quarter.
"This has been a remarkable week, with back-to-back deepwater discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico," says Bob Daniels, Anadarko senior VP of worldwide exploration. "Initial data indicates the Shenandoah discovery has reservoir properties that appear to be of much higher quality than industry has seen previously in the emerging Lower-Tertiary play."