McMoRan Exploration Co. remains stymied in efforts to unlock production from the Davy Jones No. 1 well in the Gulf of Mexico’s shallow waters after operations designed to unblock perforations using a propellant stimulation gun had “limited success.” The New Orleans-based producer now plans to reperforate the well on South Marsh Island Block 230 with electric wireline using tubing guns. Davy Jones, which McMoRan operates, is part of an ultra-deep natural gas structure encompassing 20,000 acres on four blocks of the Outer Continental Shelf. In late November McMoRan said it still was struggling to bring the prospective No. 1 well online, which was supposed to be flowing 50 MMcf/d last summer (see Daily GPI, Nov. 28). McMoRan holds a 63.4% working interest with Energy XXI (15.8%); JX Nippon Oil Exploration (Gulf) Ltd. (12%); and Moncrief Offshore LLC (8.8%). In early December Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., whose top executives also run McMoRan, agreed to to buy the company, as well as Plains Exploration & Production Co., for $9 billion (see Daily GPI, Dec. 6).

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