Byron Energy is working to complete the SM 71 F2 well in the Gulf of Mexico for production from the B65 sand and start drilling the SM 71 F3 well next week.
The wells are located within the South Marsh Island 71 (SM 71) lease in the Gulf of Mexico where Byron Energy holds a 50% working interest and Otto Energy has the other 50% interest.
Otto Energy informed on Tuesday, January 2 that the SM 71 F2 well would be completed for near term production in the B65 sand. In addition, Otto said that the joint venture had approved the drilling of the F3 development well, expected to spud next week, with the intention to provide a second take point in the D5 sand zone.
SM 71 F2 well
On December 27, 2017, Otto reported that the SM 71 F2 appraisal well encountered four discrete hydrocarbon bearing sands, including the B65 and D5, The joint venture has decided to case the F2 well to a depth of 7,700 feet measured depth (MD), 130 feet MD below the base of the B65 Sand.
The F2 well will now be used to provide a take point to produce hydrocarbons from the B65 Sand. The F2 well can also be used in the future to produce the J1 Sand and B55 Sand after cessation of production in B65 Sand. On January 1, 2018 (11.00 AM USA Central Time), current operations are running 7 5/8 inch casing before suspending the well for a short period before completion for production.
Further petrophysical analysis of the net oil pay counts confirms the preliminary analysis, reported on in late December.
The previously reported net oil pay counts based on transmitted data, will serve as final internal pay counts as the additional higher resolution log while drilling (LWD) memory data was not retrieved. Real time LWD porosity data indicates the porosity of both the B65 and D5 Sands to be consistent with other wells the area with porosities ranging up to 31% with a high net to gross sand ratio in each zone.
SM 71 F3 well
The joint venture has also decided to drill the SM 71 F3 well and utilize it as a D5 development well. The very significant results from the F2 well have provided the basis for the joint venture to make the decision to accelerate drilling of the F3 well.
Given the high quality and thickness of the D5 Sand encountered in the F2 well and the fact that the joint venture has an option to drill a second well under the existing Ensco drilling contract (at current dayrates), it has been decided to drill SM 71 F3 well immediately using the Ensco 68 rig, rather than releasing it.
As designed, the SM 71 F3 well will intersect the D5 Sand very near the point that the F2 well intersected the D5 Sand. The F3 well will provide a second take point in the D5 Sand reservoir in addition to the F1 well, which was drilled in 2016. The engineering design of the F3 well will allow for a borehole angle of 24 degrees with shorter measured depth than the F2well which had an angle of 60 degrees.
The SM 71 F3 development well will be drilled to planned total depth of 7,624 ft/2,324 meters MD, equivalent to 7,423 ft/2,263 meters true vertical depth (TVD). F3 is estimated to take approximately 30 days to drill to total depth and evaluate from the spud date.
Otto said that operations on the F3 should begin later this week after work is completed on the F2 and will be conducted under an approved permit the operator applied for in November in anticipation of a desirable result in the SM 71 F2 well.
SM 71 production plan
Acceleration of the drilling of the F3 well will add a third completion to the field and accelerate significant value for the joint venture. Initial production from SM 71 field will be delayed by approximately one month, now expected to start in early March 2018.
Once all wells are completed for production, the joint venture anticipates having three wells on production with two D5 completions, in the F1 and F3 wells, and one B65 completion in the F2 well. Further drilling opportunities from the platform will be assessed on the basis of performance. Combined initial production of these wells will take up the majority of the SM 71 F platform production capacity. SM 71 F platform has capacity to produce up to 5,000 bopd from wells located on the SM 71 lease.
Otto’s Managing Director, Matthew Allen, commented: “Otto is very pleased with progress by the operator, Byron Energy, at the flagship SM 71 development. The ability to accelerate significant production and value through the production from two different sands in three development wells on the SM 71 field will provide a long term and stable cashflow base for Otto.
“The near term completion of the SM 71 drilling program and the start of production in early 2018 provides the ability for Otto to continue expanding its portfolio of opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico focus area. Otto has a number of exciting projects which we will progress in 2018 to drilling.”