BP discloses new West of Shetland strike

BP Exploration Operating Co. Ltd. has made the first public disclosure of a discovery in U.K.'s West of Shetland area since it revealed results of the well drilled in October 1993 that found Schiehallion. Details revealed to date are scant: BP and equal license partner Shell U.K. Ltd. said only that an exploration well on Block 204/19 had encountered a potentially commercial volume of hydrocarbons. The discovery has been named Suilven but was not tested. BP said the Ocean Alliance semisubmersible rig drilled the discovery well 204/19-8z in 850 m of water during Apr. 8-June 8, 1996. On unlicensed block? A BP official told OGJ the company has an i...

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