Hilcorp plans four stratigraphic test wells south of Anchor Point
Hilcorp Alaska LLC is planning an exploration program near Anchor Point.
The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission recently issued permits for the local subsidiary of the Texas-based independent to drill as many as four wells at the Seaview prospect. The Seaview No. 1, Seaview No. 2, Seaview No. 4 and Seaview No. 5 wells are described in AOGCC documents as vertical “stratigraphic test” wells. The wells would be drilled on private land, except for Seaview No. 2, which is partly on ADL 392667.
ADL 392667 sits along the coast of the southern Kenai Peninsula immediately south of Anchor Point and the BlueCrest-operated Cosmopolitan unit, in a cluster of Hilcorp leases that also includes ADL 392496, ADL 392497, ADL 392665 and ADL 392666.
Previous exploration activity in the area around Seaview includes the Griner well drilled by the Union Oil Company of California, the Endeavour No. 1 well drilled by Aurora Gas and the Anchor Point No. 1 well drilled by the Standard Oil Company of California.
Since arriving in Alaska in 2012, Hilcorp has primarily focused on development activities, with exploration used in a targeted way to expand existing production. But at the annual conference of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association in late May 2017, Hilcorp Alaska Senior Vice President David Wilkins said, “We will also be drilling exploration wells on the Kenai Peninsula in search for large gas fields that we are confident exist.”
Hilcorp did not respond to a request for additional information.
- ERIC LIDJI
—A copyrighted oil and gas lease map from Mapmakers Alaska was a research tool used in preparing this story.