HOUSTON – GulfSlope Energy Inc. has completed several operational milestones related to its 2019 drilling program and prospect portfolio.
The company recently filed an exploration plan with the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management related to Vermilion Area, South Addition blocks 375 and 376 (Corvette prospect).
The company has also received notice of award of two offshore lease blocks for which it was the high bidder at the region-wideGulf of Mexico Lease Sale 251 conducted by BOEM. The sum of the awarded high bids was $322,022 on the leases awarded to the company. The blocks awarded and the corresponding bonus amounts that have been paid are:
Vermilion, South Addition block 376 $191,011
Eugene Island, South Addition block 371 $131,011
Both leases have a five-year primary term and carry a 12.5% royalty to BOEM. The EI 371 block represents a new prospect and has been named Freedom. This prospect will target subsalt Miocene oil reservoir pay sand objectives and has a trapping style related to salt flanks similar to the existing subsalt prospects in the company’s drilling portfolio.
Drilling on theTau subsalt prospect began on Sept. 13, 2018. The wellbore is designed to test multiple Miocene horizons trapped against a well-defined salt flank, including equivalent reservoir sands discovered and developed at the nearby Mahogany field. The surface location for Tau is in 305 ft (93 m) of water.
During drilling operations, the well encountered difficulties associated with shallow faults requiring two additional casing strings prior to setting 13-5/8 in. casing above salt. Drilling is now proceeding in the main salt section and the prospective section below salt is expected to be encountered this month.
GulfSlope is the operator of the Tau well with a 20% working interest. Delek GOM Investments LLC, a subsidiary of Delek Group Ltd. owns a 75% working interest and Texas South Energy Inc. owns a 5% working interest.