Continued production at small gas fields
Nothing new planned, just continued production, Hilcorp Alaska told the state in recent plans of development filed for three small west side onshore Cook Inlet gas fields - Ivan River, Lewis River and Pretty Creek.
PODs submitted March 2 to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Oil and Gas included updates from the 2019-20 plans and the proposed 2020-21 plans, all of which run from June 1 through May 31.
Ivan RiverThe Ivan River plan is the 50th for that unit, where Hilcorp produces from the Sterling-Beluga and Tyonek participating areas and operates two disposal wells used for the company’s west-side operated fields - Ivan River, Lewis River, Pretty Creek and Stump Lake.
Cumulative natural gas production from the field for calendar year 2019 was 146.7 million standard cubic feet, the company said.
As with the 2019 POD, the 2020 POD does not include long-range proposed development or exploration or delineation activities - just continued production from the Sterling-Beluga and Tyonek participating areas and continuing use of the disposal wells.
Lewis RiverThe Lewis River plan is the 45th for that unit. Hilcorp said there was no production from the Lewis River Gas Pool No. 1 PA during 2019, and cumulative production for the calendar year from the Lewis River Gas Pool No. 2 of 185.6 million cubic feet, with all production coming from a single well, LRU C-01RD.
Hilcorp said it added perforations in the Tyonek F5 sand in the LRU C-01RD gas producer in September after operational issues at the well resulted in production below 500 psi. The additional sand was added to increase rate and flowing tubing pressure; it was not part of the 2019 POD.
There are no long-range development or exploration/delineation plans during the 2020 POD.
The company said it will continue to produce from the Lewis River Gas Pool No. 2 PA.
Pretty CreekThe POD for Pretty Creek is that unit’s 42nd and includes the Pretty Creek gas storage lease.
The company’s 2019 POD included evaluation of shut-in wells for potential return to service or utility; the 2020 POD also includes that continued evaluation.
During the 2019 calendar production was from the Beluga PA, with a cumulative total of 47.3 million cubic feet.
The company said it continued to use PCU No. 4 for gas storage operations, with a total of 41.9 million cubic feet injected and 176.9 million cubic feet withdrawn in the 2019 calendar year.
For both the 2019 and 2020 PODs Hilcorp listed evaluation of shut-in wells for potential return to service or utility, with no exploration/delineation plans in either plan.
The company said it will continue to produce from the Beluga PA and continue use of the Pretty Creek gas storage lease for storage operations.