Premier suspends Isobel Deep due to BOP problem

Falkland Oil and Gas Limited (FOGL) has informed that the 14/20-1 “Isobel Deep” well, offshore the Falkland Islands, has been temporarily suspended due to problems detected on the blowout preventer (BOP).

According to FOGL, following the setting of the 13 3/8″ casing at a depth of 1273.9m metres, a problem was detected with the BOP. The well has been suspended and the BOP has been brought to surface for inspection and repairs, the company said.

The company further informs that it is anticipated that the repairs to the BOP will take in the order of 10-14 days. Whilst these repairs are being undertaken the rig will be utilised to drill the top-hole sections and set the conductor(s) on the Chatham and/or Jayne East Locations.

The rig will return to the Isobel Deep location to continue drilling once the BOP repairs have been completed.

The well was spudded by the operator Premier Oil on April 8, 2015. The well is located on licence PL004a, in which FOGL has a 40% working interest.

These operational changes have no financial impact on FOGL. The company is fully carried through the Isobel Deep and Jayne East wells by Premier Oil and Rockhopper Exploration.

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