Breton Energy has started drilling a well in West Cameron lease 171 in the US Gulf of Mexico.

The primary focus of the OCS-G-01997-10 well is a proven undeveloped gas accumulation in shallow waters 40 miles offshore Louisiana.

Breton will use jack-up rig Hercules 253 to drill a vertical pilot hole in the target sand reservoir before the vertical well is plugged.

On successful evaluation, the company will abandon the well and drill a new sidetrack with a horizontal lateral of 800ft, reports upstreamonline.com.

The well is the second of a six-well programme, which was planned to increase revenues from Breton Energy’s Gulf of Mexico assets.