BP’s well off Nova Scotia disappoints

  • Exploration & Production

The Canadian subsidiary of the British oil major BP has not found commercial quantities of hydrocarbons in the Aspy well offshore Nova Scotia.

West Aquarius rig. Photographer: Karen Chappell/Bitstop – shared with permission from the photographer.

BP’s partner Hess said last Friday that the drilling of the Aspy exploration well had reached a total depth of 7,400 meters, without encountering commercial quantities of hydrocarbons.

The Aspy D-11 well is part of BP’s Scotian Basin Exploration Project. The well was drilled in Exploration Licence (EL) 2434 in some 330 kilometers southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The Scotian Basin Exploration Project is a proposed exploration program that includes seismic acquisition and drilling across four exploration licenses 2431, 2432, 2433, and 2434.

BP holds a 50 percent interest in the licenses and is the operator while its partner Hess holds the remaining 50 percent.

The British oil company resumed drilling operations at the Aspy D-11 well location in late July after an earlier stoppage due to a subsea leak.

The repairs and integrity testing were since completed, and it was determined that the cause of the leak was a loose connection of the booster line on the riser.

Also, Canadian authorities approved BP’s plans in August to drill a sidetrack well at the Aspy D-11 well site.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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