ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anadarko Petroleum plans to drill three wells on the North Slope this winter -- two gas hydrate wells and one conventional oil or gas well.
The gas hydrate wells will be drilled on 100 percent Anadarko leases south of Prudhoe Bay.
The location of the third well has not been decided, Anadarko spokesman Mark Hanley said, but Anadarko has ''several options'' in the form of existing permits for wells in the Brooks Range foothills, the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and the western North Slope.
Anadarko also is in the process of filing 15 more permits for other Foothills wells.
''We're still processing seismic from last winter, so no final decision has been made on the location of the well,'' Hanley told Petroleum News Alaska.
The hydrate wells effort is part of a project that is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, with about $4 million expected to come from the federal agency.
Another $3.37 million will come from three private companies -- Houston-based Maurer Technology Inc., the lead contractor, and its partners Noble Engineering and Development Ltd., both subsidiaries of Noble Drilling Corp., and Anadarko.
Anadarko is in charge of designing a portable lab for on-site core analysis and storage.
Tom Williams, the Maurer employee who heads up the North Slope hydrates project, said in early March that the kind of rig that would be used would one with a capacity to drill 1,500-3,000 feet, ''more like mining drilling rigs than conventional oil rigs.''
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