HOUSTON, Jan. 23, 2019
HOUSTON, Jan. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Talos Energy Inc. ("Talos" or the "Company") (NYSE: TALO) today provided an update on the Zama appraisal in Block 7 offshore Mexico. Talos is the operator of Block 7 in a consortium (the "Consortium") with its partners Sierra Oil and Gas S. de R.L. de C.V. ("Sierra") and Premier Oil Plc ("Premier").
The Zama-2 appraisal well is the first of three appraisal penetrations drilled by the Consortium to better define the resource potential of the Zama discovery. The Zama-2 appraisal penetration was drilled in a down-dip location approximately 1.3 miles (2.1 kilometers) to the north of the Zama-1 discovery well in an effort to confirm the geological model and define the oil-water contact. This initial phase of the appraisal program was successfully and safely completed on January 20, 2019, approximately 28 days ahead of schedule and 25% below initially projected costs. The well reached the top of the Zama reservoir at approximately 10,759 feet (3,279 meters) of true vertical depth ("TVD") and has encountered the following:
The last objective of the Zama-2 well was to test a deeper exploration prospect called Marte. Marte was designed to inexpensively test a higher risk stratigraphic trap, and although it encountered high quality sands of consistent geological age, pressures and quality, they were not hydrocarbon bearing. The information gathered, however, helps the Consortium with the evaluation of the aquifer support of the main Zama reservoir and other possible prospects on Block 7. The testing of Marte, initially expected to cost approximately $10.0 million, was significantly under budget and only cost approximately $2.5 million, both on a gross basis. The entire cost of the Zama-2 well, including the additional cost to test the Marte prospect, will be recoverable when commercial production from Zama commences.
President and Chief Executive Officer Timothy S. Duncan commented, "We are very pleased with the results of the Zama-2 well as we were able to achieve our primary goals of understanding the depositional environment and the presence of thick sand bodies needed for robust aquifer support, both of which help with ultimate recovery. We also confirmed that this section of the reservoir has similar or better rock properties as compared to the Zama-1 discovery well and that the pressure information indicates connectivity to Zama-1. Perhaps most importantly, the oil-water contact was encountered at the predicted depth, if not slightly deeper."
"These results provide us with confidence that our geological and reservoir modeling can be used as a predictive tool for the Zama development, just as we've been successfully using them on the US side of the Gulf of Mexico. It helps to de-risk not only Zama, but the remainder of the Block 7 inventory."
"On the operational side, the team has done an exceptional job. By incorporating the lessons learned and experiences from the Zama-1 discovery well, the team was able to successfully and safely execute the well significantly ahead of expectations. We are staying focused on working with urgency to meet the project timeline to achieve first oil by the second half of 2022."
The appraisal program will continue next with an up-dip vertical penetration in the Zama reservoir from the main bore hole of the Zama-2 well, which will be cored and a drill stem test will be performed. The second appraisal well, Zama-3, will be drilled to the south of the original discovery well and will help delineate the reservoir continuity and quality in the southern part of the field and will be cored to be better understand the reservoir geology.
ABOUT TALOS ENERGY
Talos is a technically driven independent exploration and production company with operations in the United States Gulf of Mexico and in the shallow waters off the coast of Mexico. Our focus in the United States Gulf of Mexico is the exploration, acquisition, exploitation and development of shallow and deepwater assets near existing infrastructure. The shallow waters off the coast of Mexico provide us high impact exploration opportunities in an emerging basin. The Company's website is located at www.talosenergy.com.
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