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Mobil Propagates Gulf of Mexico Success

Mobil Propagates Gulf of Mexico Success

Using new technology to increase transport speed from the wellhead to the pipeline, Mobil Exploration & Producing U.S. Inc. said it recently commenced selling gas from the newly streamed Mobile 822 No. 6 well, in the Gulf of Mexico. The company said the process, which took 369 days, was its fastest drill-to-sales operation to date in the Mobile Bay.

"For starting from scratch, this is the fastest we've ever turned gas from the ground and into a marketable commodity," said spokesman Len D'Eramo. "It normally takes about 18 months. Other wells go much faster, but they are usually from spud-to-sales so they don't start from scratch."

The well is located in federal waters on the Mobile 823 field, five miles south of Dauphin Island AL. It was drilled to a measured depth of 21,922 feet and is currently producing 42 MMcf/d. Production from the well brings Mobil's total average gross production from the Mobile 823 Field to 200 MMcf/d, increasing Mobil's current working interest to 120 MMcf/d. The total average gross production from 13 Mobil-operated wells offshore Alabama is over 400 MMcf/d.

Mobil commenced gas sales from the Mobile 822 No. 6 well in record time due in part to the development and implementation of a "coolerless" facility design and the use of a new technology high-temperature pipeline. Mobil said the high- temperature pipeline allowed gas to be transported directly from the wellhead to the pipeline, eliminating the need for associated utilities and systems controls on the facility. Implementation of the technology reduced cycle time by an estimated six months, and allowed for significant cost savings. Mobil decline to disclose the actual monetary amounts. Production from the new well is being marketed by Duke Energy Trading and Marketing LLC, a joint venture between Mobil and Duke Energy.

This is the second major production expansion for the Mobile 823 Field. In early June of 1998, Mobile 823 A-5 well went on line, adding 53 MMcf/d to the overall production from the field. Mobil, as operator, holds a 57.5% interest in the Mobile 823 field. Other partners in the field include Texaco (25%), Conoco (12.5%), and Occidental Petroleum (5%).

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