Dana makes second North Sea discovery this month

Dana Petroleum has made an oil discovery in the Moray Firth after the drilling of the entirely Dana-operated Liberator exploration well.

Using Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc.’s Ocean Nomad drilling rig, Dana drilled the 13/23d-8 well on the Liberator prospect in license P1987. The well encountered hydrocarbons in a Lower Cretaceous captain sandstone reservoir. The rig will be sent to the northern North Sea for further operations on Dana’s Western Isles development.

“This is the second North Sea discovery that Dana has made within the last month, and our fifth discovery in the last 3 years,” said Paul Griffin, Dana’s UK managing director. “The discovery lies close to existing infrastructure and we will now undertake further evaluation work to determine its commercial potential.”

Dana also reported this week a gas discovery in the Pharos prospect in the southern North Sea (OGJ Online, Nov. 19, 2013).

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