LONDON -(Dow Jones)- Cove Energy PLC (COV.LN), the AIM quoted upstream oil and gas company that is in the process of being taken over by Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA), together with operator Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (APC), said Friday testing of the Barquentine-1 well flowed gas at an equipment constrained rate of 100 million cubic feet per day, or MMcf/d, with minimal pressure drawdown, targeting a deeper Oligocene sand formation than previously tested Barquentine-2 in March.
-Test data supports potential unconstrained flow rates up to 200 MMcf/d.
-Results confirm requirements for fewer development wells than originally planned.
-Flow rates demonstrate a high permeability reservoir.
-2012 testing program also includes drillstem tests in the Lagosta and Camarao areas to the south of the Barquentine discovery area.
-Flow test result further supports future development well designs capable of 100-200 MMcf/d and confirms the high deliverability of the reservoir, indicating that a low density of development wells may be sufficient to produce the reservoir.
-Barquentine-1 well is at the northern end of the Prosperidade gas complex in the Rovuma Basin Area 1 block, Offshore Mozambique.
-Cove shares closed Thursday at 224.5 pence valuing the company at GBP1.10 billion.
-By Ian Walker, Dow Jones Newswires; 44-20-7842-9296; firstname.lastname@example.org
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May 04, 2012 02:39 ET (06:39 GMT)
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