Wednesday, February 03, 2010

McMoran Exploration: What's in Davy Jones' Locker?

Positive drilling results at its Davy Jones prospect could be a boom for McMoran Exploration (MMR-$16.80). The Gulf Coast energy company had proved oil and gas reserves at year-end 2009 totaling 271.9 Bcfe (billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalents), compared with 344.8 Bcfe in 2008. The reserve depletion primarily reflected delays in bringing shut-ins (as a result of the September 2008 hurricanes in the Gulf) back into production. Estimates of the size of the discovery range from 2 trillion to 6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, rivaling the largest gas finds ever made in the Gulf.

Nonetheless, it is worth reminding folks that assumptions to date have been based on sketchy data from well logs. In addition to appraising the actual hydrocarbons in place, the company still hasn’t defined the extent of the reservoir field or the recoverability of the reserves in the tapped reservoir — its flow rates.

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1 comment:

Allen said...

Cliche short comment. Take a look at the partners who signed up on this discovery. Note the management of MMR. I side with MMR.