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  • United States: U.S. Drilling & producting depth records


    Five depth records were set during the 2001 – 2002 period, although one well was an OCS Gulf record that was eclipsed in 2002. Chevron drilled a well, designated OCS-G 13145 Well-1, in Block 727 of Mississippi Canyon to 25,855-ft TVD. The following year, in 2002, Chevron broke that record by drilling a Green Canyon Block 640 well to 30,217-ft TVD. Meanwhile, in Garden Banks Block 602, Shell bested its own producing record of 22,936 ft set in 2000 with Well A2. In 2002, in the same block, the company drilled OCS-G 11553 Well-A4 to a TVD-producing-zone record of 23,257 ft. New to this year’s drilling table are two wells from Alaska; although drilled in 1998, they were reported as records in 2001. BP's Milne Pt. Unit KR-L36 and its Prudhoe Bay UN-NIA NK-11 both set measured depth records of 21,980 ft and 23,855 ft, respectively. BP also drilled an Alaskan OCS producing depth record, with its 13,193-ft Northstar well. Finally, in New York, Columbia Natural Resources started producing from 10,015 ft.

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