A natural gas world record!

InterOil Corp. announced a record-breaking performance from its Antelope-2 natural gas well in Papua New Guinea this week, saying the flow rate is a new world record.
According to the company release:
“… [the] well flowed at 705 million cubic feet of natural gas per day (MMCFD) including 11,200 barrels of condensate per day (BCPD) for a total 129,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOEPD). The surface flowing tubing pressure was 1,258 psi through a 6.0 inch capacity choke that was opened to 4 3/8 inches.”

guinness_cert Antelope-2 dethroned its fellow InterOil Corp. gas well as the best flowing well in the world, meaning this certificate is now moot. Antelope-1 declined comment but through a spokesperson asked its privacy be respected at this time.

That’s a lot of hydrocarbons for the Papua New Guinea-based firm (although the CEO, EVP and others are in The Woodlands), and it seems plausible that it “confirms Papua New Guinea as a world class gas resource” as the company claims.
But who did InterOil have to beat for this World Record distinction?
Why it was InterOil itself. Apparently Antelope-1 hit a record when it started to flow in March 2009. Here’s the certificate from Guinness.
I didn’t realize Guinness got into the superlative business for the energy industry, but it also has a listing for the largest offshore gas platform, the Troll platform located off Norway in the North Sea, which is said to be the heaviest man-made mobile object ever made at 656,000 tonnes.
A couple of non-Guinness energy superlatives I found via a quick search: Exxon announced it reached a world record in well depth in 2007 with a well in Sakhalin more than 7 miles deep. In February 2008 Shell claimed the deepest offshore well.

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