Exxon has blown away previous production test records for gas
wells in the Gulf of Mexico and the state of Alabama. The company
announced yesterday that it tested a well in Mobile Bay about 2.5
miles offshore south of Dauphin Island at 126 MMcf/d. The previous
record in Alabama state waters was 91 MMcf/d. The well also tested
at a higher open flow rate than any well in the federal Outer
Continental Shelf area of the Gulf. The OCS record was 113 MMcf/d.
The record Exxon well was drilled earlier this year in 40 feet
of water and to a depth of 21,849 feet. Exxon spokesman Bob Davis
said the well will add substantially to Exxon's Mobile Bay
production total of 144 Bcf in 1998. About 110 MMcf/d of gas
currently is being produced from the development well and is
flowing into Koch Gateway, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line and
Florida Gas Transmission from Exxon's Mobile Bay processing plant.
Exxon produced 841 MMcf/d of gas in the Gulf of Mexico last year
and 2.1 Bcf/d in the entire U.S.
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