GOM - BP Gets Disappointing Results For Gulf Of Mexico Deepwater Appraisal Well

BP, Chevron, and Talos Energy received disappointing results this week from its Puma West-2 appraisal well, Talos said.

The Puma West-2 appraisal well was drilled to a depth of 25,995 feet followed by a sidetrack, which was drilled geologically down-dip to a total depth of 27,650 feet.

While the appraisal wells did encounter hydrocarbons in multiple sands, additional hydrocarbons from a subsequent well or sidetrack are necessary before they consider moving forward with the project. The Puma West 2 wellbore was suspended temporarily with utility to allow for future potential sidetrack opportunities. Drilling data will now be reviewed and analyzed to determine the best path forward.

BP owns a 50% stake in the project and is operator, with Chevron and Talos each holding a 25% stake.


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