Dana Petroleum makes gas discovery in southern North Sea

Dana Petroleum PLC and its partners made a gas discovery in the Pharos prospect in the southern North Sea.

The 47/5d-6 well, which was drilled in license P1566 using Noble Corp.’s Noble Lynda Bossler jack up rig, found gas in a Rotlegendes reservoir. Dana plans to conduct a detailed evaluation to determine the volume of gas initially in place. The rig was subsequently returned to the Dutch North Sea for further operations with Dana.

“This is the fifth North Sea exploration and appraisal well that Dana has drilled as operator or in partnership during 2013,” said Paul Griffin, Dana’s UK managing director. “Pharos is well located to take advantage of a number of gas export options in the area and we now need to undertake further detailed technical work to evaluate its commercial potential.”

Dana’s partners in the license include Hansa Hydrocarbons Ltd. with 15% interest, Dyas Exploration UK Ltd. 15%, MPX North Sea Ltd. 15%, and Parkmead (E&P) Ltd. 20%.

Dana’s recent southern North Sea activities consist of a five-well campaign to explore potential around existing platforms, including its De Ruyter platform offshore the Netherlands, on which the company spudded in April an exploratory well to test new-pool potential (OGJ Online, Apr. 25, 2013).

Last year, Dana flowed gas at the rate of 27 MMscfd through a 96/64-in. choke with its Platypus appraisal well (OGJ Online, Aug. 2, 2012).

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