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The stratigraphic test well enabled BP and the US Department of Energy to gather core, log, reservoir performance and fluid data from an ice pad location at Milne Point. The drilling began on February 3. Field teams began pulling hydrate core samples on February 10. Extensive well logging and wireline formation testing was completed between February 14-18.
This test well is part of the ongoing research partnership between BP and the Department of Energy, which began in 2002.
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The DOE has identified gas hydrate as a research target and funded the estimated $4.6m cost of drilling the Milne test well. BP contributed seismic data, staffing and program oversight. The on-site coring and data team included scientists from the US Geological Survey, DOE,
Drilling crews and research team members collected about 430 feet of core samples. The cylindrical core segments, about three inches in diameter, were initially subsampled and analysed on site due to the time-and temperature-dependent data requirements. They will be shipped to