HOUSTON -- Anadarko Petroleum has hit pay with the Barquentine exploration well, offshore Mozambique. The well encountered 416 net ft (127 m) of natural gas pay in multiple high-quality sands, including more than 308 net ft (94 m) of pay in two Oligocene sands that are separate and distinct geologic features, but age-equivalent to those encountered in the company’s nearby Windjammer discovery. The well also found an additional 108 net ft (33 m) of natural gas pay in the Paleocene sands. This deeper pay appears to be part of the same accumulation as the 75 net ft (23) of pay that was encountered at the Windjammer discovery, the company says.
The drillshipBelford Dolphin drilled the well to 16,880 ft (5,145 m) TD. After completing operations at Barquentine, the rig will mobilize to drill the Lagosta exploration well.