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El Paso Corp. said it placed its West Cameron 75 and 62 new-field discoveries online, adding 52 MMcfe/d (20 MMcfe/d net to El Paso's interest) to the market. The fields are located about 12 miles offshore of Cameron, LA, in 32 feet of water. "Bringing West Cameron 75 and 62 online is an important step in achieving our 2006 production guidance of 825-850 MMcfe/d," said Lisa Stewart, president of El Paso Exploration & Production. "In addition to the contribution from these two important discoveries, we have six Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and south Louisiana discoveries that will begin flowing over the course of the year, and we will begin drilling 14 additional GOM and south Louisiana wells by year end. We also have an extensive GOM workover program plus 24 MMcfe/d of hurricane shut in volumes that we expect to recover before year end."

Kerr-McGee Corp. has announced a "quality oil pay" discovery in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico at the 4,500-foot-deep Caesar prospect in the Green Canyon block 683 after earlier this month announcing a natural gas discovery in its deepwater Claymore prospect (see NGI, May 15). The Caesar No. 1 well was drilled to a total depth of 29,721 feet. Caesar is located about 160 miles south of Houma, LA. Kerr-McGee operates Caesar with a 20% working interest, while Shell Exploration and Production Co. holds a 62.5% stake and Plains Exploration & Production Co. holds the remaining 17.5% stake. "We plan to immediately core the productive interval, then sidetrack the well approximately 4,000 feet to the north of the discovery to better determine the potential resources," said COO Dave Hager. "Development options will be evaluated and could include a subsea tieback to our 100%-owned Constitution spar, just nine miles to the west in Green Canyon block 680." Following the Caesar operation, Kerr-McGee will move the rig to the Mission Deep prospect in Green Canyon 955. The company also is drilling the Grand Cayman prospect located in Garden Banks blocks 517, 518, 561 and 562. Grand Cayman is a 32,000-foot Miocene test operated by Kerr-McGee with a 35% working interest.

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