BP Exploration & Production Inc. announced a hydrocarbon discovery in an exploration well that tested its Isabela prospect in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GOM). The well is located on Mississippi Canyon Block 562 in 6,500 feet of water, about 150 miles southeast of New Orleans. Isabela was drilled to a total depth of 19,100 feet into Miocene era sands. "Isabela is an excellent addition to our portfolio of discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico," said Dave Rainey, BP's Vice President of GOM Exploration. "It will likely be tied back to our Na Kika production platform, helping to maximize the value of that infrastructure." The well is operated by BP with a 67% working interest and is co-owned by Noble Energy Inc. with a 33% working interest. The lease was acquired at in March 1998.

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