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Nexen Completes Drilling Operations at Kakuna Sub-Salt Exploration Well

Nexen, an independent energy company based in Canada, has announced that the company has completed drilling operations at the Kakuna sub-salt exploration well, which is located at Green Canyon block 504 in Mexico.

Commercial hydrocarbons were not found in the well, which is currently being plugged and deserted. The company drilled the Kakuna exploration well to a depth of 30,300 ft. The total expense for this well exploration is around $120 million.

The company has included a wide range of exploration prospects located in the Gulf of Mexico, which also contains the Norphlet play that encloses Nexen’s Appomattox discoveries and the sub-salt Miocene play present in the central part of the Gulf of Mexico. The exploration and testing work will be continuously developed in the Appomattox region, where the company has so far identified more than 500 M barrels of resource. The company’s exploration campaign for 2012 has incorporated around 15 offshore exploration and evaluation wells located in the UK North Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa. During the previous years, majority of the discoveries have been carried out by the company at the offshore plays, which additionally includes Golden Eagle in the UK North Sea, Appomattox in Gulf of Mexico, and Owowo South B in West Africa.

Nexen has targeted three growth plans that include shale gas and oil sands in West Canada and traditional exploration and advancement mainly in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, offshore West Africa and North Sea.

Joel Scanlon

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Joel relocated to Australia in 1995 from the United Kingdom and spent five years working in the mining industry as an exploration geotechnician. His role involved utilizing GIS mapping and CAD software. Upon transitioning to the North Coast of NSW, Australia, Joel embarked on a career as a graphic designer at a well-known consultancy firm. Subsequently, he established a successful web services business catering to companies across the eastern seaboard of Australia. It was during this time that he conceived and launched News-Medical.Net. Joel has been an integral part of AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000. Joel possesses a keen interest in exploring the boundaries of technology, comprehending its potential impact on society, and actively engaging with AI-driven solutions and advancements.


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