Hess Strikes Miocene-Aged Oil at Huron in GOM

The operator believes the region has high potential for multiple hub-class targets.

Drillship Deepwater Asgard.
Drillship Deepwater Asgard.

Hess made an oil discovery with a well at its Huron prospect in the Green Canyon area of the deepwater GOM. The well, drilled in Block 69 to a target depth of 28,900 ft by Transocean drillship Deepwater Asgard, struck high-quality, oil-bearing Miocene-aged reservoirs and established the existence of a working petroleum system. An up‑dip sidetrack to the initial probe is planned.

Gregory Hill, Hess’ chief operating officer, told investors in July that … “as a result of what we’re seeing at Huron we see additional prospectivity in that northern Green Canyon area, and we have a very competitive leasehold position there.” The company had stated previously that its position in the northern Green Canyon area has a high potential for multiple, high‑return hub-class Miocene opportunities.

Hess operates Huron with a 40% interest. Partners Chevron and Shell each hold 30% stakes. Hess struck a deal with both Chevron and Shell to farm into the prospect in February 2022. The Huron well marks Hess’ return to exploration drilling in the deepwater GOM for the first time in around 2 years.