UK: BP Starts Drilling at North Uist Prospect
Faroe Petroleum reports that drilling has begun on the North Uist prospect, West of Shetland (Faroe 6.25%), for which BP received DECC’s approval last week
This deep water exploration well (Blocks 213/20b, 214/16b, 213/25C) is 125 kilometres northwest of the Shetland Isles in a water depth of approximately 1,290 metres. It is near to Chevron’s Rosebank oil discovery, also on the Corona Ridge, West of Shetlands.
There are several reservoir objectives the most significant of which is North Uist at the Upper Jurassic level. Shallower in the section the well will also test the edge of the Cardhu prospect where sandstones of Paleocene age may be present. To manage the high well costs in this region, Faroe has secured a financial carry of a portion of the well costs through farm‐out arrangements.
The drilling operation will be undertaken by BP Exploration Operating Company Limited (47.5% interest) using the Stena Carron drillship. The other joint venture partners are CIECO Exploration and Production (UK) Limited (6.25%), Idemitsu Petroleum UK Ltd (5%) and Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited (35%).
Graham Stewart, Chief Executive of Faroe Petroleum, commented:
“We are very pleased to announce the spudding of this frontier exploration well in one of our core areas. The North Uist prospect offers significant resource potential and is in close proximity to a number of important discoveries on the Atlantic Margin Corona Ridge, including Rosebank and Cambo.”
“As we progress our exploration drilling programme, in Norway, we are looking forward to the commencement of the Faroe operated Clapton exploration well in the Norwegian North Sea (Faroe 40%) along with the Cooper exploration well on the prolific Halten Terrace in the Norwegian Sea (Faroe 30%).”
Offshore Energy Today Staff, March 26, 2012