The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has approved a deepwater permit for the drilling of a ninth well in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The approval is a revised permit to sidetrack for Murphy Exploration & Production Company Well #A008 in Green Canyon Block 338 in 3,325 feet water depth, approximately 170 miles southwest of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Murphy’s Well #A008 is a sidetrack well. A sidetrack well is drilled to a new geologic target or a new location within the original target from the existing wellbore. The operator had a rig on location when drilling preparation activities were halted due to the temporary drilling suspensions imposed following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Murphy has contracted with the Helix Well Containment Group (HWCG) to use HWCG’s capping stack to stop the flow of oil should a blowout occur.
This new permit meets the new safety regulations and information requirements in Notices to Lessees N06 and N10, and the Interim Final Safety Rule.