Westwood Global Energy reports that as of July 1 there was one exploration and appraisal well active in the UK.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and
subsequent oil price crash, there has been a large number of E&A wells deferred from 2020 to 2021.
West of Shetland
The last well to complete in the region was Hurricane’s Warwick West 204/30b-4 appraisal well on December 13. No further drilling is expected this year, with Hurricane having been granted a licence extension to drill an appraisal well on the Lincoln structure.
Northern North Sea
Apache spudded the 9/18a-43 Gair exploration well on May 30. The well is understood to be targeting a Middle Jurassic reservoir and in the event of success will be
developed via its nearby Beryl field infrastructure.Central North Sea.
The last well to complete in the region was Total’s 30/12d- 11 Isabella exploration well on April 7 which made an HPHT gas condensate and light oil discovery in three formations within the Upper Jurassic and Triassic, the latter being the primary objective of the well.
The next exploration well expected to be drilled in the region
is Equinor’s 16/2a Tiger Lily well which will target Upper Jurassic
prospectivity on the margins of
the East Shetland Platform. The rig, West Hercules, is currently in
Southern North Sea
The last well to complete in the region was Eni’s 53/14a-2 Aspen exploration well on
December 11 which was abandoned as a dry hole. No further exploration drilling is expected in the southern gas basin this