Exceeding the target well depth while creating new insight
The project was a success, with the Blackbeard Well deepened to a total depth of 32,997 feet – the equivalent of six and one-quarter miles below the mud line.
Specifically, the construction of a stable wellbore 1,997 feet beyond the target depth of 31,000 feet meant logs could be run in the highest hydrostatic pressures ever recorded with mud weight. As a result, the well provided new insight and data points for the client, offering the missing geological links between the onshore and deepwater discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico.
Last, but by no means least, was the discovery of the now-proven techniques, systems and equipment that AGR helped develop – these will provide the basis for further exploration of the ultra-deep, multi-Tcfe Miocene gas plays below 25,000 feet.