Hess makes Gulf of Mexico oil discovery near Tubular Bells

Source: press release, 29 October 2019

Tubular Bells, or TBells, a deepwater development in the Gulf of Mexico
Tubular Bells, or TBells, a deepwater development in the Gulf of Mexico (photo: Hess Corporation)

Hess Corporation has announced an oil discovery at the Esox-1 exploration well located in Mississippi Canyon Block No. 726 in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

Esox-1 was drilled in 1,405 metres of water and encountered approximately 58 net metres of high-quality oil bearing Miocene reservoirs. Esox-1 is located approximately 10 kilometres east of the Tubular Bells production facilities.

“We are delighted with the success of the Esox well, which demonstrates the value of our infrastructure led exploration program in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico,” CEO John Hess says. “We expect the well to be producing in the first quarter of 2020. As a low cost tieback to existing infrastructure, Esox should generate strong financial returns.”

Hess Corporation is operator and holds 57.14% interest in Esox; Chevron U.S.A. Inc. holds 42.86% interest.