Chevron Announces Successful Test Well at St. Malo in Gulf of Mexico
Results further demonstrate field’s potential
SAN RAMON, Calif. -- February 28, 2013
Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) today announced that it had conducted a
successful production test on the St. Malo PS003 well in the prolific Lower
Tertiary trend in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Oil flow rates, though limited
by testing equipment constraints, exceeded 13,000 barrels of oil per day.
The test, in Walker Ridge Block 678, targeted Lower Tertiary sands more than
20,000 feet (6,096 m) under the sea floor and was conducted during August and
September 2012. This is the first development well in the St. Malo field,
which is being jointly developed with the Jack field.
“The well test is a further demonstration of the potential of the Lower
Tertiary and highlights our leadership in developing deepwater resources
globally,” said Chevron Vice Chairman George Kirkland.
“The results of this production test further confirm the significance of the
St. Malo field," said Gary Luquette, president, Chevron North America
Exploration and Production Company.“The jointly developed Jack and St. Malo
fields are expected to provide a major step-up in Chevron’s production from
2014 and produce domestic energy for decades to come.”
The Jack and St. Malo fields are located within 25 miles (40 km) of each other
and are being jointly developed with a host floating production unit located
between the two fields in 7,000 feet (2,134 m) of water, approximately 280
miles (450 km) south of New Orleans, Louisiana. The facility is planned to
have a design capacity of 177,000 barrels of oil-equivalent per day to
accommodate production from the Jack/St. Malo development, which is estimated
at a maximum total daily rate of 94,000 barrels of oil-equivalent, plus
production from third-party tiebacks. Total project costs for the initial
phase of the development are estimated at $7.5 billion.
Chevron has a working interest of 51 percent in the St. Malo field. Other
owners of the St. Malo field are Petrobras (25 percent), Statoil (21.5
percent), ExxonMobil (1.25 percent) and ENI (1.25 percent).
Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with
subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in
virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces
and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes
transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical
products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy
efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future,
including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information
about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
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