Canadian Superior Energy Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, has completed its offshore wellsite survey work, initiated earlier this month, at two new proposed future Mariner project drilling locations. The company completed the fieldwork offshore Mariner block (EL 2409) in shallow water 275 km southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Fugro Jacques GeoSurvey's Inc. of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, using the M/VAnticosti undertook the geophysical survey fieldwork.
The Mariner project represents a Cretaceous gas play offshore Nova Scotia that is a proven producing play type in the area. The Mariner block (EL 2409) encompasses a 101,800 acres and directly offsets five significant discoveries offshore Nova Scotia near Sable Island, including ExxonMobil's Venture natural gas field. Three large prospects have been identified for drilling on the Mariner block using high-resolution seismic acquired in late 2002. The first exploration well on this block, the Mariner I-85 well, a high temperature, high pressure well, was drilled and evaluated from November 2003 through March 2004.