Technical hitch halts Leviathan 3 drilling again

Technical breakdowns had had no effect on the geological results of the well or on the natural-gas reservoir at Leviathan.

By GLOBES / KOBY YESHAYAHOU
September 5, 2011 23:21
1 minute read.
Offshore Leviathan gas field.

leviathan gas drill. (photo credit: (Albatross))

Leviathan 3 well operator Noble Energy Inc. has notified its Israeli partners that drilling of the well was halted at a depth of 2,600 meters (2,700 above the target strata) due to persistent technical problems in the Pride North America rig’s blowout preventer (BOP) and peripheral equipment.

Noble Energy and the drilling contractor are trying to fix the breakdowns to resume drilling as soon as possible. They said they could not yet estimate the effect of the breakdown on the well’s original budget or timetable, or if the costs will be material, assuming there are any.

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The Israeli companies said, after they obtain additional information about the drilling operation and an updated assessment about the budget and timetable from Noble Energy, they would announce it, as required.

The Israeli companies said the technical breakdowns had had no effect on the geological results of the well or on the natural-gas reservoir at Leviathan.

The Leviathan 3 well is located 4.4 kilometers from the abandoned Leviathan 2 well, and 9.6 km. from the Leviathan 1 exploratory well. The Leviathan 3 well is due to reach a depth of 5,300 meters and take three months. The well’s estimated budget is $70 million, and the estimated budget for production tests, which will take two to three weeks, if the companies decide to carry them out, is $34m.

In April, Noble Energy announced the breakdown at the Leviathan 2 well, and it announced a breakdown at the Leviathan 3 well in July.


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