Anadarko: Viva la Deepwater

Anadarko Petroleum hit pay dirt — rather, net oil pay — at its Heidelberg field in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The company says a discovery well in the field, which is near its Constitution oil and gas platform about 190 miles southwest of New Orleans, hit more than 200 feet of net oil pay in the Miocene trend below a layer of thick salt.
Analysts say that could equate to a discovery of at least 100 million barrels of oil equivalent per day.
Anadarko’s announcement today came a few weeks after the company revealed that a test well in offshore Ghana flowed nearly 17,000 barrels of oil per day.
And more Gulf drilling is coming. Anadarko says it is drilling its Shenandoah prospect in the Lower Tertiary trend, and aims to spud an exploration well during the first quarter at its Samurai project.
Another Houston-based independent, Mariner Energy, is one of Anadarko’s Heidelberg partners. Mariner today announced that in addition to that find, its also had natural gas drilling success at two other exploration wells — Bushwood in 2,700 feet of water and Smoothie in 60 feet of water.