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The Lower Tertiary Trend in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico has yielded another discovery in Keathley Canyon (KC), the Guadalupe well, which was drilled in almost 4,000 feet of water to a depth of 30,173 feet. The prospect, in KC Block 10, is about 180 miles off the Louisiana coast. The initial well encountered "significant" oil pay in the Wilcox Sands, according to 42.5% stakeholder and operator Chevron Corp. Co-owners are BP Exploration & Production Inc. (42.5%) and Venari Resources LLC (15%). Drilling began in June. More tests are being conducted, with additional appraisal wells planned to determine the extent of the resource.

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