Eye on the Prize: Desire drills Rachel sidetrack offshore Falklands

By Phaedra Friend Troy

Desire Petroleum continues drilling operations on the Rachel prospect in the North Falkland Basin of South America.

After drilling to a total depth of 2,877 meters on the Rachel 14/15-1 well, Desire did not find hydrocarbons, but it did encounter a “substantial” thickness of sandstone. The company is now drilling a sidetrack to evaluate the prospectivity of the 103-meter sandstone identified downdip from the original Rachel well.

The Ocean Guardian is currently drilling the Rachel 14/15-1Z sidetrack well, reaching a depth of 3,000 meters. The total targeted depth of the well is 3,418 meters.

The Rachel prospect is targeting the same play-type as the Sea Lion oil discovery, the first oil discovered offshore the Falklands.

Desire plans to keep the Ocean Guarding drilling rig for another two or three wells following this drilling effort. The next well in the drilling program will target the Dawn/Jacinta prospect.

Potentially a new hydrocarbon province, the recent drilling campaign offshore the Falkland Islands has produced both a natural gas and an oil discovery.

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