Westwood Global Energy reports that as of February 24 there was one exploration well and one appraisal well active in the UK, with no change since the end of December.
West of Shetland
The last well to complete in the region was Hurricane’s Warwick West 204/30b-4 appraisal well on December 13 2019. No E&A wells were drilled in 2020 and there is currently no E&A drilling expected in 2021.
Northern North Sea
With the completion of Apache’s 9/19b-28 and 9/19b-29 Gamma/Losgann exploration well programme on December 25, there is no current E&A drilling in the Northern North Sea.
Central North Sea
Operations continue with Cnooc’s 22/26d-3 Glengorm South appraisal well which spudded on December 3 with the Prospector 5 jack-up.
The well is targeting the Upper Jurassic intra-Heather Formation J54 Freshney Sandstone Member at a location to the south of the 2019 discovery well and is planned to be tested.
The well has an expected duration of 300 days, including the test programme. The well will be followed by a second Glengorm appraisal well in block 22/21c which will be drilled once operations on this well have completed.
Operations continue with Apache’s 22/6c-B4 Bacchus South exploration well with the Ocean Patriot.
The well is targeting the Upper Jurassic Fulmar Formation within a series of tilted fault blocks adjacent to, but separated from, the Bacchus field.
If successful, the well will be developed via the current infrastructure which delivers hydrocarbons to the nearby Forties field.
Southern North Sea
The last well to complete in the region was Eni’s 53/14a-2 Aspen exploration well on December 11 2019 which was abandoned as a dry hole.
The next well that is expected to be drilled is Shell and Deltic’s 41/5a-B Pensacola exploration well, which is planned to spud this year.