Antrim secures drilling rig for UK North Sea

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Nov. 21 -- Antrim Energy Inc., Calgary, has secured a semisubmersible rig to drill three Causeway appraisal-development wells next year on UK North Sea Block 211/22a.

Antrim, the operator and owner of 65.5% interest in the block, hired AGR Peak Well Management (Peak) to conduct the drilling program. Peak earlier had managed the drilling on East Causeway.

Antrim will spud the first appraisal-development well in May 2007, about 2 miles southwest of the East Causeway discovery. The company expects to drill to 11,500 ft and to appraise the Middle Jurassic Brent Group of sandstones, specifically the Tarbert, Ness, and Etive formations.

The drilling program follows Antrim's East Causeway discovery 211/23d-17z, which flowed on final test at multiple stabilized rates of up to 7,500 b/d of light, sweet oil (OGJ, Aug. 18, 2006, Newsletter).

The test rate did not include the 8,100 b/d of oil flow rate previously recorded from the Ness formation in the suspended 211/23b-11 well in an eastern fault compartment.

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