TEXAS-focused oil and gas company Titan Energy has kicked off its multi-well developmental drilling program on the Allen Dome field in Texas.

The company spudded its JT Reese 14 well, which is being drilled as a 5,300 foot test, on 15 March.

The well is the first in a pilot drilling program started as part of Titan’s recently announced US$50 milion joint development with a major energy funding partner it has not named.

Titan said it expected the test would take between two and three weeks to reach total depth objective.

Work had also been done to spud, drill and cement 40 feet of 16 inch conductor casing into place on four additional project tests – the JT Reese wells 15, 16, 17 and 21 in preparation for back-to-back drilling following the Reese 14.

Titan said it anticipated these wells would not all reach the permitted depth of 5,300 feet due to downhole conditions and producing sands encountered while drilling.

These wells will be drilled by the Encore Rig 1, a 2004 built top drive automatic style rig with drilling capability to about 10,000 feet and an above-ground multi tank mud system, which the company secured through a deal with Encore Drilling Company, founded by major Titan shareholder Don Henrich.

The announcement came after Titan stopped drilling the Ward 1 test well on the eastern flank of the Allen Dome project in early March due to lost circulation issues and fears of a possible underground blowout.

The well has now been logged and cased to a depth of 3,280 feet with a number of productive sands identified – with the well to be tested for production capacities one the well operator has determined the most appropriate market for the gas encountered.