Anadarko Petroleum encountered high-quality oil at its Phobos-1 deepwater Gulf of Mexico well, the company announced on 25 April 2013.
Located in Sigsbee Escarpment in Block 39, the company found 250 net ft of oil in lower tertiary-aged reservoirs.
Phobos was drilled to 28,675ft TD in approximately 8,500ft of water, approximately 11 miles south of Anadarko’s Lucius discovery. Anadarko said it is currently incorporating the data from the Phobos well to determine future activities. The Phobos-1 well spudded in 4Q 2012.
“Our 2013 Gulf of Mexico exploration program is off to an outstanding start, as Phobos marks our third significant deepwater success this year,” said Anadarko Sr. Vice President International and Deepwater Exploration Bob Daniels. “Phobos is our first well in the previously untested Sigsbee Escarpment area of the Gulf of Mexico and successfully tested a significant four-way structure in the Lower Tertiary. Phobos’ close proximity to our Lucius project is expected to further enhance the economics of this potential future development.”
Anadarko operates the Phobos discovery with a 30% working interest. Its partners include Plains Exploration & Production Co. (50%) and ExxonMobil (20%).
Last week, Anadarko announced it had made yet another large natural gas discovery at the Orca-1 well in the Rovuma Basin off Mozambique.