OMV makes discovery west of the Shetlands

Uchenna Izundu
OGJ International Editor

LONDON, Oct. 19 -- OMV AG made an oil and gas discovery with the Tornado exploration well, which reached a TVD of 2,743 m off the UK west of the Shetland Islands.

Well 204/13-1 penetrated hydrocarbons in the tertiary. OMV and its partners plan to drill a sidetrack to delineate the discovery.

Tornado lies 10 km northwest of the Suilven discovery and 30 km northwest of Schiehallion, Foinaven, and Loyal fields.

The well was drilled in 1,048 m of water by the Stena Carron drillship as a cost-sharing endeavor between production licenses P.1190 and P.1262.

Graham Stewart, chief executive of Faroe Petroleum, said, “The Tornado well is the second of a firm five-well Atlantic Margin exploration drilling program, which Faroe is undertaking over the coming months. The first well in the program, operated by DONG [Energy A/S], made a significant discovery, the Glenlivet gas field, which is currently being appraised. We are scheduled to drill three further very high impact exploration wells, the Anne Marie oil prospect in the Faroes (operated by Eni), the Cardhu oil prospect in the UK (operated by BP) and the Lagavulin oil prospect in the UK (operated by Chevron).”

OMV has 35% interest in Tornado; Dana Petroleum PLC has 30%; DONG Energy has 20%; and Faroe Petroleum and Idemitsu E&P each have 7.5%.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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