First deepwater find off Nova Scotia

Marathon Oil Company's Annapolis G-24 deepwater wildcat well hit gas offshore Nova Scotia. The well encountered approximately 100 ft of net gas pay over several zones.

Marathon Oil Company's Annapolis G-24 deepwater wildcat well hit gas offshore Nova Scotia. The well encountered approximately 100 ft of net gas pay over several zones. The Annapolis G-24 well is on Exploration License 2377, 215 mi south of Halifax in 5,500 ft water depth. The well will be temporarily abandoned and will be re-entered at a later date.
"This discovery of gas is an important first step in the developing deepwater play offshore Nova Scotia," said Phil Behrman, Marathon senior vice president of worldwide exploration. "Plans are being developed for additional seismic and drilling in 2003."
The B-24 well, the first on the Annapolis Prospect, was suspended on March 24,2002, after experiencing a gas kick at 11,469 ft.
Marathon and its partners elected to plug and abandon the B-24 well for mechanical reasons. The replacement well, Annapolis G-24, was spudded adjacent to the B-24 well on April 18 and drilled to a final total depth of 20,282 ft.
Marathon operates the Annapolis prospect with 30% interest. EnCana Corp. holds 26%, Norsk Hydro Canada Oil and Gas Inc., 25%, and Murphy Oil Co. Ltd., 19%.
Marathon is also operator of the adjacent leases, holding 50% interest in Empire and 75% in Cortland. Marathon has identified 10 prospects in this trend on the three leases.

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