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Oil & Gas

UKCS: A hive of activity in the rig-rich centre

In the UK, seven appraisal wells and three exploration wells are currently active, including four new appraisal spuds, two of which are sidetracks. This brings the total spuds for this year to 25 E&A starts; comprising 13 appraisal and, with no change since the last report, 12 exploration wells.

Oil & Gas

2011 E&A well count edging up

Exploration and appraisal (E&A) starts on the UKCS in the first two months of the year amount to three exploration wells and three appraisal wells. However, 10 E&A wells are currently active, all utilising mobile rigs, which are working on five exploration wells and the same number of appraisals.

Oil & Gas

Angola debut for Petrobras 10000

NEWLY completed ultra-deepwater drillship Petrobras 10000 has started work in Angola for Petrobras under a 10-year contract. The vessel is to drill a series of exploration wells - rumoured to be up to nine at present - in Angola's deepwater blocks 16 and 18/6 in the Benguela sub-basin of the Kwanza Basin, an area that has so far not been tested with the drillbit. Miocene and Oligocene sands are the main targets as they display seismic anomalies that are thought to be large turbidite plays.

Oil & Gas

Matter of a missing Miliband

Chancellor Alistair Darling's latest visit to Aberdeen set me thinking - not least because of the Treasury's "get lost" message to the North Sea oil&gas industry that came hot on the heels of his departure from the city, having apparently raised false hopes.

Oil & Gas

Q4 and E&A wells keep on coming on the UKCS

INTO the final quarter of 2008 and a total of 59 exploration and appraisal wells have started on the UKCS so far, an increase of 14 spuds over the same point in 2007 and a level of activity not reached until the start of December that year. Additionally, 36 sidetracks have so far been initiated this year.

Oil & Gas

The North Sea of the South

As I scribble this month's column, West Texas Intermediate is trading a few cents short of $115 a barrel, Brent is only a couple of bucks below and the oil price has become a hot topic. Big Oil is in the headlines for something else, too: the largest oil discovery made in decades and, before that, at least two finds that may turn out to be super-giant fields.