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August31, 1998
(Mines and Energy)

The following is being distributed at the request of the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board:

Weekly Public Status Report
Oil and Gas Activities Offshore Newfoundland and Labrador
Issued: August 31, 1998
(Also available at:

       Program Number Operator/Survey Vessel Start Date kms complete
(total kms
        8924-V003-001P Veritas/2-D seismic,
Grand Banks
June 21, 1998 952
Suspended to conduct 8924-G033-001E program
        8926-C004-002E Chevron/Wellsite Surveys, Jean D'Arc Basin M/V Cape Mugford June 28, 1998 2,815
87 km acquired last week
        8924-G033-001E Gulf/2-D seismic,
South Newfoundland
July 6, 1998 4,815

676 km acquired last week

Well / Location Drilling
Depth (Projected Total Depth)
HMDC Hibernia B-16 9
46 45'01.8"N; Lat.
48 46'54.4"W: Long.
Licence: PL 1001
Hibernia Platform
M72 (West Rig)
June 24, 1998  5,270 M
(5,270 M)

Fishing for liner cementing equipment.

HMDC Hibernia B-16 10
46 45'01.2"N; Lat.
48 46'53.2"W: Long.
Licence: PL 1001
Hibernia Platform
M72 (West Rig)

August 10, 1998
2,416 M
(7,236 M)



Well Well Type Completion Date Status
HMDC- Hibernia B-16 1 Oil Producer December 2, 1997 Shut-in
HMDC- Hibernia B-16 2 Oil Producer December 19, 1997 Producing
HMDC - Hibernia B-16 3 Oil Producer February 24, 1998 Shut-in
HMDC - Hibernia B-16 4 Oil Producer June 3, 1998 Producing
HMDC - Hibernia B-16 5 Gas Injector


HMDC - Hibernia B-16 6 Water Injector June 29, 1998 Injecting
HMDC - Hibernia B-16 7 Water Injector May 22, 1998 Injecting


Contact: Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board, (709) 778-1400


Glossary of Petroleum Terminology

BOP/BOP Stack: Blowout preventers/blowout preventer stack - an assembly of heavy-duty valves attached to the wellhead to control well pressure and prevent a blowout.

Casing: Steel pipe set in a well to prevent the hole from sloughing or caving and to enable formations to be isolated (there may be several strings of casing in a well, one inside the other).

Cementing: Pumping a liquid slurry of cement, water and other additives behind a string of casing to isolate formations.

Completion/Completed::The activity necessary to prepare a well for the production of oil or gas or the injection of water or gas into the reservoir.

Fish: An object lost (or stuck) in the wellbore obstructing operations.

Fishing: Operations to recover fish.

Injecting: Injecting water or gas into the resevoir for the purpose of maintaining resevoir pressure, maximizing oil recovery and conserving resources.

Liner: A length of casing suspended from the base of a previously installed casing string (a liner does not extend back to the surface of the well).

Logging: Acquisition of downhole data using tools run in the well, usually on wireline.

Perforate/Perforating: Piercing the casing and cement using shaped explosive charges to provide a  flow path for formation fluids

Producing/Production: Flowing oil and/or gas from a well to the production systems.

Production tree: An arrangement of heavy duty valves and fittings installed on the wellhead to control flow from the well and/or to facilitate injection operations.

Reaming: An operation to restore a wellbore to its original diameter (occasionally, a wellbore will cave in).

Shut-in: A well in which the valves in the production tree have been closed to cease production or injection operation on a well.

Sidetracking: The operation of deviating a well around a fish.

Spud: The initial penetration of the ground or seafloor - the start of the drilling operation.

Suspension/Suspend: The temporary cessation of drilling or production operations in a well.

Wellbore: The hole drilled by the drill bit.

Wellhead: Steel equipment installed at the surface of the well containing an assembly of heavy duty hangars and seals (the wellhead is used to support the weight of casing strings hung from it and to contain well pressure).

1998 08 31 3:55 p.m.

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