Hurricane Energy today confirmed it had spud another well for its West of Shetland drilling campaign.
The firm spud the Halifax well in a bid to determine how far its Lancaster discovery extends. Both the Halifax well and Lancaster discovery are sandwiched between the Schiehallion and Solan fields.
Chief executive Robert Trice said: “This has already been a hugely successful drilling campaign for Hurricane and the Halifax Well marks an exciting opportunity with which to close it. The prospect is also a logical conclusion to the drilling programme as, following the success of the Lancaster Pilot Well, we believe that the oil column extends beyond the Lancaster block boundary and potentially up to the Halifax Prospect.”
The recently drilled Lancaster Pilot well (205/21a-7) encountered a minimum oil down to (ODT) of 1,620m TVDSS, indicating that the Lancaster oil accumulation is likely to extend beyond the Lancaster licence boundary
A previous well (205/23-2) drilled on the Halifax structure encountered oil and gas shows in sandstones immediately above the basement. In addition, Hurricane’s analysis of basement cuttings from the 205/23-2 well indicates the presence of oil thus mitigating the oil charge risk to Halifax. Seismic interpretation indicates the presence of a well-defined fault network within the fractured basement of the Halifax Prospect, analogous to that seen in Lancaster.
Hurricane will drill the well below local structural closure before performing an open hole drill stem test. If the test is successful, Hurricane will deepen the well to “investigate oil water contact”.
Mr Trice added: “We look forward to updating the market with initial well results towards the end of Q1 2017.”