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UpstreamOnline: Nexen eyes drilling drive

By Upstream staff

Nexen plans to drill three or four more wells in the Gulf of Mexico this year, including the Shell-operated Vicksburg deep-water gas prospect, writes Anthony Guegel.

Located in the eastern Gulf along the regulatory boundary between De Soto Canyon and Mississippi Canyon, Vicksburg carries a pre-drill resource estimate ranging from 30 million to 300 million barrels of oil equivalent.

However, Nexen believes Vicksburg may be on trend with Shell’s Shiloh gas find in De Soto Canyon Block 269.

Nexen, which holds a 25% stake in the prospect, subscribes to a resource estimate of as much as 900 million boe for the entire Norphlet aeolian sands play.

Vicksburg is not due to spud until the fourth quarter.

Elsewhere in the Gulf, Nexen plans probes on West Cameron Block 109 and in another prospect it calls Boomer that may not spud until early 2007.

The company is also taking part in one onshore well drillingahead in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana.

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