Next-phase North Sea Breagh drilling facing postponement

Offshore staff

CALGARY, Canada – A planned infill drilling campaign at the Breagh gas field in the UK North Sea looks set to be delayed until 2017, according to partner Sterling Resources.

New operator Ineos Group has sought to defer drilling and a new onshore compression project.

Assuming the campaign eventually goes ahead, this will comprise two new wells A09 and A10, and the re-entry and hydraulic stimulation of one existing well to improve performance.

Wells A11 and A12, and a further hydraulic stimulation of another existing well, could follow as part of the same program. Planning also continues for a limited intervention on well A04 this year in order to re-instate production (the well is currently shut-in).

Elsewhere in the UK southern sector, Sterling is engaged in a farm-down process for blocks 42/3a, 42/4, 42/5, and 36/30 containing the Ossian and Darach prospects, 25 km (15 mi) north of Breagh.

The UK Oil & Gas Authority has agreed to extend the expiry date for the license to December 2018, by which time a commitment well needs to be drilled.

In the Dutch North Sea, Sterling completed processing last September of new 3D seismic over blocks F17 and F18.

This was acquired to improve resolution of reservoir distribution and to reduce structural uncertainty for a development: the partners are contemplating a tieback to a potential new Wintershall offshore oil hub.

The Dutch government has agreed to extend the license until January 2017.


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