Drilling Activities & Discoveries across the Globe

Carnarvon Petroleum to spud Buffalo-10 well offshore Timor Leste next year. The objective is for drilling operations to take place in late 2021, with a date to be determined once a rig has been identified and long lead items have been ordered, along with completion of any necessary regulatory approvals. It is scheduled that the well will take 30 days to drill and will be suspended as a future producer. The operator is also planning further drilling at the field in the coming years as part of the Buffalo Re-development project, likely to include drilling of a further two or three wells. 

Jersey Oil and Gas to execute an exploration drilling campaign in 2022 in the UK North Sea, with any successes envisaged as tie-backs to the proposed facility in the Greater Buchan Area (GBA) field development. Jersey has now identified four prospects – Verbier Deep, Cortina NE, Wengen and Zermatt – which are estimated to host some 222 million barrels of P50 prospective resources.

 ONGC Videsh is planning to tender soon for a rig to undertake a two-well drilling campaign offshore Bangladesh, commencing in late 2021. It is understood that the operator will target the Titly prospect in shallow sea block SS-04 and Moitree prospect in block SS-04. The Indian oil-gas exploration firm has already completed a portion of a geo-hazard survey on the blocks. Block SS-04 covers an area of 7,269 square kilometres while Block SS-09 stretches 7,026 sq km. Water depth of both the blocks ranges between 20 and 200m.

 Chrysaor sanctioned the LAD infill development well at Everest East, with drilling scheduled for Q3 2021. The Everest field is located in Blocks 22/9, 22/10a, 22/14a in the Central North Sea, around 217km east of the Scotttish mainland and 14km west of the UK/Norway median line, in a water depth of approximately 90m.

 Chrysaor and Total are currently planning facilities and integrity works towards a potential extension of field life its British Elgin-Franklin field. 

Hurricane Energy is adding a new production well in the central “attic“ high of the UK Lancaster field, by re-entering and side-tracking the existing 205/21a-7z well. The operator says that subject to a sanction decision early in the first quarter of 2021 and securing a suitable rig and equipment, first production from this well should be possible by late 2021. Market sources indicate that Hurricane is already searching for a semisub for next year, with the campaign expected to last 95 to 120 days. 

Market sources indicate that Siccar Point is planning to approach the market early next year with a tender for a semisub to undertake development drilling at its Cambo field Phase 1 offshore the UK. It is understood that the campaign will consist of nine firm wells and further options will be available thereafter. Operations are now set to begin in second quarter of 2022. 


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