Parkmead Group of Aberdeen said yesterday that the Platypus gas field appraisal well had been started in the UK southern North Sea.
It said the gas accumulation at Platypus was discovered in 2010 by the Dana Petroleum-operated 48/1a-5 well, which encountered 218 vertical feet of gas-bearing sands and has the potential to contain up to 180billion cubic feet of gas in place.
The drilling operation is being undertaken by Dana as operator using the Ensco 80 rig.
Parkmead took on a 15% interest in three blocks containing Platypus and the Possum prospect in November. It bought the blocks from XTO UK, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil. The other joint-venture partners are First Oil Expro and CalEnergy Gas.