The first dedicated exploration well for natural gas in northern Alaska tested at rates of up to 15 million cubic feet per day, according to a partner in the drilling program.
Petro-Canada, a large Canadian oil and gas company, offered the figures in year-end documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this morning.
Petro-Canada said drilling in the Brooks Range foothills in 2008 resulted in one well “completed as a natural gas discovery,” and another “suspended for re-entry in 2009.”
Although not named explicitly, Petro-Canada is certainly referring to the Gubik No. 3 and Chandler No. 1 wells drilled last winter in the region by Anadarko Petroleum.
Anadarko is the operator of a multi-year and wide-ranging search for natural gas across the state, federal and Native land in the western foothills of the Brooks Range, a package of natural gas prospects the company had begun calling the Gubik Complex.
Petro-Canada is an equity partner in the drilling program, along with BG E&P.
See story in March 22 issue, available online at noon, Friday, March 20 at www.PetroleumNews.com