Westside - Rigel Deepwater Field Appraisal and Development

Speaker Rick Fowler
General Manager of Deepwater Development Dominion Exploration & Production Rick Fowler is the General Manager of Deepwater Development for Dominion Exploration & Production. He has been heavily involved in all of Dominion’s deepwater projects, including the Devil’s Tower Spar, the Front Runner Spar, and the Spiderman and San Jacinto developments ...

General Manager of Deepwater Development
Dominion Exploration & Production

Rick Fowler is the General Manager of Deepwater Development for Dominion Exploration & Production. He has been heavily involved in all of Dominion’s deepwater projects, including the Devil’s Tower Spar, the Front Runner Spar, and the Spiderman and San Jacinto developments as part of the Independence Hub Project. He has been with Dominion (formerly CNG Producing) for nine years and was previously with Exxon for twelve years in various reservoir engineering and operational assignments. Rick obtained a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Tulane University. He is a past chairman of the SPE Delta Section and the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Symposium. He has served on several SPE committees and currently serves on the OTC Program Committee.

Full Description

The Rigel exploration well, the Texaco OCS-G-18207 #1, was drilled in 1999 in Gulf of Mexico block MC 252 in 5200’ water depth. The well targeted a Miocene age, low-relief downthrown closure/stratigraphic trap that was supported by a strong amplitude response on the 3D seismic data. The results from the Rigel exploration well were disappointing. The well encountered what was interpreted to be a 176’ thick gas-charged, low-permeability siltstone in the Rob E-age target. This reservoir was believed to be uneconomic at that time. This presentation focuses on a few stalwart individuals’ efforts to continue to pursue appraisal of this marginal discovery. These efforts included pre-appraisal geologic modeling, reservoir modeling, and analog work. The presentation will show the results of the appraisal drilling and compare the post-appraisal model with the pre-appraisal model.

The appraisal drilling by Dominion, the operator, with its partners, Mariner and Newfield, was highly successful. As a result, the Rigel field is currently being developed as a one-well subsea tieback, as part of a larger subsea system. The project is nearly complete. The presentation will also demonstrate the methods used to enhance the profitability of the development after appraisal drilling was completed.

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Organizer Steve Baumgartner

When?

Wed, Nov. 16, 2005
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central

How Much?

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Where?

The WestLake Club
570 Westlake Park Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77079