Devon Energy’s fourth horizontal well in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale is producing 384 barrels of oil per day, its strongest yet.

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angelle announced that Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy recently completed its fourth horizontal well in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, with initial production test figures submitted this week showing the strongest oil production results of the company’s TMS wells to date — 384 barrels of oil per day.

This newest well, located in northern St. Helena Parish, follows Devon’s successful drilling of two productive horizontal TMS wells in East Feliciana Parish and another in Tangipahoa Parish, Angelle said in a release. Devon also has two other TMS well projects in progress — one in Tangipahoa Parish and one in West Feliciana Parish.

“I want to thank Devon Energy for expressing its faith in Louisiana’s potential to provide energy and qualified workers, because I recognize that the company has a choice in where it invests its exploration funding,” Angelle said. “I hope to see Devon’s ongoing success in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale repeated by the other operators who have begun to invest in the play, bringing the potential for economic development, jobs and new sources of domestic energy.”

The TMS is believed to underlie much of Central Louisiana, with potential productive areas currently being explored from Vernon Parish to Tangipahoa Parish. It is believed to be primarily an oil-rich play.

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