GDF Suez Exploration and Production UK and co-venturers today announced a new discovery in the UK central North Sea.
The 22/16-6 well on the Dalziel structure flowed at rates in excess of 8,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
The well is now being side-tracked to appraise the extent of this discovery. Block 22/16 is part of the GDF Suez-operated P1799 licence.
GDF Suez E&P UK managing director Ruud Zoon said: ‘This is another encouraging discovery by GDF Suez following on from a successful exploration campaign in 2014.
“It demonstrates a continuing commitment by GDF Suez to an active exploration, appraisal and development drilling programme on the UK continental shelf.’
The well was drilled by GDF Suez E&P UK as operator, with the Transocean Galaxy II jack-up rig.
Partners in the project include Dea UK SNS, with a 25% stake, JX Nippon Exploration and Production (UK) with 25% and Total E&P UK with 20%, alongside GDF Suez E&P UK with 30%.
Paris-based GDF Suez is one of the leading energy providers in the world, employing about 152,900 people globally.
On its arrival in Aberdeen in 2009, the company said it aimed to become an important producer in the UK North Sea and would play a significant role in its future development and longevity.
Last October, BP announced a new discovery – in partnership with GDF Suez E&P UK -in the central UK North Sea. That find was named Vorlich by BP and Marconi by GDF Suez.
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