Talos Strikes Oil in Deepwater US Gulf

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US independent Talos Energy has discovered more oil and gas in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and says the well will start producing sooner than expected, in the third quarter of this year. The Tornado 3 sidetrack well discovered about 63 net feet of pay, in line with predrill expectations, and is expected to produce 8,000-10,000 boe/d (80% oil) once on line, Talos said. The well is part of Talos’ intrawell waterflood project, in which an injection well sources water from a large aquifer above the producing B-6 Sand. Talos said use of this "dump flood" technique is one of the first of its kind in a subsea, deepwater environment. “The higher-pressured aquifer naturally injects over 20,000 barrels of water a day into the lower-pressured producing reservoir at the downdip boundary of the geological formation, creating reservoir energy to help maintain production and increase ultimate recovery throughout the Tornado field,” Talos explained. Talos said it will immediately move to the completion phase. Talos operates the Tornado field with a 65% working interest. Kosmos Energy holds a 35% working interest.

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