Range has announced that approval for the new 4000 m drilling rig has been granted to RRDSL. Subsequently, the MD 51-1 development well (renamed MD 250 well) successfully spudded on 10 March 2016 using the rig. The well is drilling ahead to a total depth of 4150 ft and is expected to take four to five weeks to reach target depth.
The MD 250 well is the first development well to be drilled using one of RRDSL's new rigs. The well will test deeper horizons of the Upper and Middle Cruse sand trends and explore the potential of out-step drilling.
The Upper Cruse sands have yet to be fully exploited in this area of the Morne Diablo field. The Middle Cruse sands have been identified as well-developed in nearby wells with some of those having produced in excess of 100 000 barrels from this horizon during the well life.
RRDSL successfully completed construction of a three-cellar drilling pad during 2015. Initially, the MD 250 well will be drilled from the drilling pad. Drilling of further wells from the drilling pad will be evaluated dependent on the results from this well.
Further three new drilling rigs of RRDSL are currently undergoing certification and will be brought into drilling operations once approved.
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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