Oil and natural gas explorer Energy XXI has discovered oil at its Stricker well on West Delta 30 field in the US Gulf of Mexico.
The well was drilled to 5,897ft measured depth (MD) / 5,168ft total vertical depth (TVD) and logged 79 net feet of oil pay in six different reservoirs, five of which were previously untested and are new discoveries.
The well is currently being sidetracked down dip to delineate the size of the new discoveries in anticipation of finding incremental net pay.
Energy XXI said that additional development wells may be needed to accelerate recovery of reserves due to discovery of several pay sands in the Stricker well, which marks the company’s first well drilled after its acquisition in December 2010.
Energy XXI chairman and CEO John Schiller said that the company intends to run production logs on all its producing horizontal completions on the D platform after the movement of the rig.
"We believe the knowledge acquired from this logging programme will give us additional data to further enhance the superior results we are seeing from our horizontal campaign," Schiller added.
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Located 21 miles off Grand Isle, Louisiana, in 45ft of water, the West Delta 30 saw its first discovery in 1948 by Humble Oil.
Currently, the explorer is moving a second rig to its horizontal workover drilling programme at West Delta 73 where the Gunn well was brought online in mid-December at 300 Bbl/d of oil.
The Gunn well was drilled to 11,483ft measured depth with a 1,500ft lateral into the F-40 sand.
Commenting on the project, Schiller said, "Additionally, we are currently moving a second rig into West Delta 73 to accelerate oil development in our highly successful horizontal drilling programme."