Aurora Gas LLC has begun production from its newest facility, NCU 1-2-9, at the south end of the Nicolai Creek unit on the west side of Cook Inlet. The company said today that initial production was approximately 4 million cubic feet per day, and has been increased to 10 million cubic feet a day.
The NCU 1-2-9 facility dehydrates and compresses gas from three wells, Nicolai Creek unit No. 1B and 2, recompletions which Aurora did in 2002, and the Nicolai Creek unit No. 9, a new well which Aurora drilled in 2003. The gas is sold to Unocal.
Aurora also said it has successfully recompleted the Mobil Moquawkie No. 1 in the previously idled Moquawkie gas field, also on the west side of Cook Inlet. The Moquawkie well tested sustained production of 7.6 million cubic feet a day on a 40/64 inch choke with 860 psi of back pressure. A 4.4 mile gathering line will be laid from Moquawkie early next year, with first production expected in the second quarter.
Editorís note: See full story in Dec. 21 issue of Petroleum News.