Otto Energy ('Otto') (ASX: OEL) is providing a market update on the status of production startup delays for the Green Canyon 21 (GC 21) 'Bulleit' field, operated by Talos Energy, Inc ('Talos') (NYSE: TALO).
Severe weather in the form of yet another named tropical storm with the potential to become a hurricane has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and has resulted in the vessel providing support for final hookup and tie-in of the well being demobilized as a safety precaution. Based on weather forecasts presently, the operator expects to return to location on Oct 9th to resume final completion activities. This is expected to require 3-4 additional days before the well will be opened to begin production. First production was being targeted for the end of Q3 2020 per Otto's previous announcements so this amounts to an approximately two-week delay over prior estimates
Operator Talos has a planned well production ramp up strategy where production will slowly be ramped up in 1000 bopd increments until the well reaches a steady state production rate. Otto will update the market further at this point in time.
During 2019 the GC 21 'Bulleit' well was drilled which intersected the following intervals: DTR-10 interval -net 140 feet of TVD oil pay encountered and MP interval - approximately net 110 feet of TVD oil pay expected to be delivered in high quality reservoir consistent with analogue wells in the GC18 field.
Otto Energy has a 16.67% Working Interest and 13.33% Net Revenue Interest in the GC 21 lease and project. The project has been developed via an approximately 10 mile subsea tieback to the Talos Operated GC 18 Whistler platform where production will be processed and then delivered into regional oil and gas sales pipelines. Otto's product sales from GC 21 are secured via long term production handling, transportation and sales arrangements.
Operator Talos has progressed this project while dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on the project and a significant number of regional weather events, with first production now imminent just 14 months after discovery.
Otto's next announcement will be when production has commenced. Otto's CEO and Managing Director, Mike Utsler, commented: 'This is a monumental occasion for Otto Energy with our first Gulf of Mexico Deepwater production coming online shortly, just 14 months after discovery. This production complements our existing production at SM 71 in the Gulf of Mexico Shelf and Lighting in Matagorda county, onshore Texas.' We would like to congratulate operator Talos Energy on having this Deepwater subsea tieback nearing first producing just 14 months from discovery and successfully navigating unprecedented operating challenges with COVD-19 and a significant number of regional weather events.' This announcement is approved for release by the Company's Managing Director.
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