Saturday, May 4, 2013

NordAq says if testing goes OK production could begin this fall

—Kristen Nelson

NordAq Energy has submitted an amended plan of operations for its Tiger Eye Central project, and has told the Alaska Division of Oil and Gas that pending the successful outcome of its exploration program, it may install production facilities. Natural gas production could begin in October from the prospect, southwest of the Trading Bay Production facility on the west side of Cook Inlet, NordAq said in its project schedule.

NordAq, an Anchorage-based independent, has four Cook Inlet basin prospects and a block of tracts in Smith Bay off Alaska’s North Slope.

The company made a gas discovery in 2011 at Shadura, a prospect on Cook Inlet Region Inc. subsurface in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge northeast of Nikiski on the east side of Cook Inlet.

Changes in the amended plan of operations for Tiger Eye Central are on private surface estate accessing private and state subsurface resources and include expansion of the existing TEC-1 pad to accommodate a 60-man camp and natural gas production facilities; construction of the TEC-2 pad; extending the TEC-1 access road from the TEC-1 pad to the TEC-2 pad; and exploration drilling activities.

The company built the TEC-1 pad last year and the current project schedule includes obtaining permits for expanding the pad, for construction of the TEC-2 pad and an access road from TEC-1 to TEC-2.

NordAq will also be testing the Tiger Eye Central No. 1 well drilled last year.

There will be drilling operations on the TEC-1 pad from May through July, along with construction of the TEC-2 pad and access road and summer field studies. In August and September construction equipment, fuel and supplies would be mobilized from the east side of Cook Inlet and production facilities would be constructed.

First production from Tiger Eye Central wells would be in October.

The comment period on the amended plan closes May 30.

Eight wells planned

NordAq drilled the Tiger Eye Central No. 1 well on the TEC-1 well pad last year and will do well testing this spring. The company said that based on testing results it proposes to expand the pad 200 feet to the east and construct the TEC-2 pad and access road.

“Up to eight wells will be drilled from TEC-1 before the pad expansion occurs,” the company said.

All facilities, including the TEC-1 well pad and the proposed TEC-2 pad, the access road constructed last year are on surface lands owned by Salamatof Native Corp.

The company said it has and will continue to use existing facilities on the west side of the inlet whenever possible during exploration and development, including barge landings, employee camp housing, staging areas, gravel material sites, gravel lease roads, gravel pads, airstrips, waste disposal facilities and water supplies.


If sufficient gas is proven from wells on the TEC-1 pad NordAq said it would construct an 8-inch pipeline to transport natural gas to existing infrastructure at West McArthur or the Trading Bay Production Facility. The pipeline right of way is on Salamatof Native Corp. surface. NordAq said wells will encounter Cook Inlet Region Inc. and state subsurface; wells from the TEC-1 and TEC-2 pads target natural gas at an approximate total measured depth of 4,000 feet.

A mobile rotary drill rig will be used to drill the natural gas wells with approximately 30 days anticipated for drilling and testing each well.

Existing drilling fluid disposal facilities operated by Cook Inlet Energy at the West McArthur Facility and Hilcorp at the Trading Bay Production Facility will be used to dispose of drilling wastes.

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