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North Sea

UK drilling picks up pace

At the time of writing there were two active E&A wells drilling. Both wells were spudded at the end of May, taking the total well spuds to date in 2017 to five, all of which are exploration.

Oil & Gas

Transerv achieves sustained gas flow from Warro-6 well

Transerv said sustained gas flow and a continuous gas flare have been achieved from the Warro-6 well in Western Australia during the initial clean-up phase of the well. The company said the flow rate has yet to be measured but the early stage result is considered to be a significant development in its strategy to establish Warro as a major economic gas project. Warro is Australia’s largest undeveloped gas field with resources of 11.6trillion cubic feet of gas in place.

Oil & Gas

Noble Energy abandons Falklands Humpback well

Noble Energy has plugged and abandoned its Humpback well in waters off the coast of Falkland after non-commercial quantities of oil and gas were discovered. The company said a full assessment and integration of drilling results was on-going to determine the remaining exploration potential in the southern area license. Noble said the rig which drilled the Humpback well will be released to another operator before returning to the company to spud the Rhea prospect later this year or early next year.

Oil & Gas

Hibiscus Petroleum spuds Sea Lion well

Hibiscus Petroleum has spudded the Sea Lion well after the project was delayed. The company’s subsidiary, Carnarvon Hibiscus, said the West Telestro drilling rig arrived at the site last week following a 196-mile tow from its original location. The planned total depth of the well is 1,800metres with the exploration well expected to take up to 30 days.

Oil & Gas

Ophir Energy launches Thailand exploration

Ophir Energy said it has launched its two-well exploration programme in Thailand after spudding of the first wildcat. The company said it had spudded the G4/50-10 exploration well on the Soy Siam prospect in the western Gulf of Thailand. The block partly surrounds Ophir's producing Bualuang oil field and spans a series of Tertiary aged sub-basins in the region.

Other News

State review says Californian oversight of oil well injection sites ‘inadequate’

California's oversight of wells where oil companies dispose of wastewater brought to the surface is hindered by inadequate staffing and poorly organized paper records, a state review of the program said Thursday. In a report to the state legislature, California's Department of Conservation (DOC) found that wastewater injection wells also suffer from inconsistent permitting, monitoring and enforcement of their construction and operation, among other problems. "The division hasn't owned up to its responsibilities as a regulator in the past, but we are rapidly moving towards doing that," Steve Bohlen, head of California's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, which oversees the state's drilling activities, said on a conference call with reporters.

Oil & Gas

Sea Lion-1 exploration well faces further delays

The Sea Lion-1 exploration well is facing further delays due to continued weather conditions preventing the handover of the West Telesto rig from its current operator. Hibiscus Petroleum is currently awaiting handover of the jack-up from Origin Energy in the Gippland basin. 3D Oil said the hold-up was not at the material expense of the joint venture and was also not due to the performance of the rig or other operational factors.

Oil & Gas

Faroe Petroleum well comes up dry

Faroe Petroleum will plug and abandon a well after it came up dry. The company said the Portrush exploration well encountered no hydrocarbons in well 6407/10-5. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 2,850 metres below sea level and was terminated in the objective interval.

Oil & Gas

NPD grants Lundin Norway drilling permit

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Lundin Norway a drilling permit for well 7220/11-3 A. The well will be drilled from the Island Innovator facility. The drilling programme for well 7220/11-3 A relates to the drilling of an appraisal well in production licence 609.