Tullow talks up North Sea gas prospects

Offshore staff

LONDON -- ConocoPhillips’ Harrison gas development in the southern UK North Sea should gain full partner approval this summer, according to Tullow Oil. A field development plan should be submitted shortly afterwards to the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change.

South of Harrison, the Ensco 80 jackup started drilling a well for Tullow targeting the Carboniferous Cameron prospect. A result is expected later this month.

In the same sector, Tullow farmed into 100% of block 49/29d last December, and this year wrapped up further farm-ins to secure 65% of adjacent blocks 49/29e and 49/30b.

The Foxtrot prospect straddles all three blocks and is due to be drilled later this summer, after operations on Cameron have been completed. If a gas find occurs, Foxtrot will be tied back to the Thames complex, deferring the need for field abandonment and also generating additional gas sales revenue.

In the Dutch offshore sector, Tullow acquired a 1,600-sq km (618 sq mi) 3D seismic survey last year over its E-blocks exploration acreage.

The resultant dataset will be used to mature the Carboniferous prospect inventory for possible drilling in 2012.


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