Nordic Calista’s Rig-2 has began drilling the Hickory-1 exploration nicely in 88 Vitality-operated Challenge Phoenix, on the Alaskan North Slope.
Hickory-1 is designed to appraise as much as six typical reservoir targets inside the SMD, SFS, BFF and KUP reservoirs and 647 million barrels of oil, and is permitted to a complete depth (TD) of as much as 12,500 toes, 88 Vitality stated in its assertion.
In keeping with the corporate, the first targets for Hickory-1 are the three SMD reservoirs (SMD-C, B and A), with SFS and BFF reservoirs thought-about secondary targets. The KUP reservoir is a tertiary goal and will probably be drilled topic to remaining time within the season, borehole circumstances and different technical issues.
Hickory-1 is deliberate to be initially drilled to three,500 toes, with floor casing put in and the Blow-Out Preventer (BOP) system examined. That is anticipated to collectively take as much as two weeks, 88 Vitality says.
Drilling to TD is then anticipated to take an additional two weeks, together with logging whereas drilling (LWD), at which level wireline logging is scheduled. LWD and mudlogging will present preliminary indications as to the prospectivity of the Hickory-1 targets.
The wireline program has been particularly designed to gather important knowledge, essential to optimize the long run circulate testing program. This contains a number of aspect wall coring runs and different specialised instruments to allow detailed reservoir characterization, the assertion reads.
Topic to nicely outcomes, 88 Vitality stated it plans to undertake Hickory-1 circulate testing in the course of the 2023/24 winter season. This gives ample time post-drilling to optimize the circulate take a look at program, design, allowing and implementation, the corporate stated.
Challenge Phoenix, through which 88 Vitality has a 75.2 p.c working curiosity, is located on-trend to current discoveries by Pantheon Assets in a number of, newly profitable play varieties throughout high, slope and bottom-set sands of the Mid Schrader Bluff, Canning and Seabee formations. Unbiased mapping has demonstrated that these performs prolong into the Phoenix acreage, 88 Vitality stated.
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