The Schrader Bluff Oil Pool at Milne Point was discovered in 1969 by the Socal Kavearak Pt. 32-25 well. The pool was initially delineated and then developed by Conoco, Inc. through drilling programs that began in 1989.1
Regular production began during March 1991, peaked at an average rate of 3,700 barrels of oil per day (“BOPD”) in October 1991, and declined to an average of about 2,850 bopd (about 15% of MPU production) by mid-1993.2
In early 1994, BP became operator of the Milne Point Unit (“MPU”) and began an aggressive development program. By June 1996, development drilling at E-Pad and additional wells at H- and J-Pads caused production to increase steadily until it reached 12,000 bopd in April 2002. During September 2002, BP’s extensive S-Pad development began production, and Schrader Bluff production immediately jumped to 20,000 bopd. Production from the pool peaked at 23,922 BOPD in October 2003, and for the first six months of 2011, it averaged about 8,262 BOPD, or about 35% of current MPU production. For the first six months of 2016, the pool has averaged 6,946 BOPD and 14,327 barrels of water per day (67% water cut) from 35 to 38 production wells.
At present, more than 300 wells and well bores have been drilled to or through the pool, and 103 have produced from it. The Schrader Bluff Oil Pool is developed on 10-acre spacing.3