Dana Petroleum secures North Sea exploration licenses

Two UK North Sea exploration licenses have been approved for Dana Petroleum by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change in the 27th Licensing Round (OGJ Online, Dec. 2, 2013).

Dana has been awarded Blocks 42/28e, 42/29b, and 48/10c with E.On AG as operator of each. Blocks 42/28e and 42/29b are near the Tolmount gas discovery, in which Dana has a 50% equity share with operator E.On. The 48/10c is close to existing infrastructure, the company said.

“We hope to build on our recent exploration success in the UK North Sea where we have made two discoveries this year and five in the last 3 years,” stated Paul Griffin, Dana’s UK managing director.

The company discovered gas in the Pharos prospect in November (OGJ Online, Nov. 19, 2013). Dana’s North Sea activities are comprised 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).

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