Watching the World
West Shetland lull

The area west of the Shetland Islands was the U.K.'s hottest play for some years, but a paper presented at the recent Offshore Europe conference in Aberdeen confirmed that things have cooled.The last big news story from the West of Shetland play was the Suilven oil strike by BP Amoco plc on a block near the Foinaven and Schiehallion fields, which it developed subsequently (OGJ, Mar. 10, 1997, p. 31).While other operators, including Texaco Ltd. and Amerada Hess Ltd., have struck oil and gas there, and while numerous others have drilled wells, BP Amoco's finds remain the only tangible successes to date.Any queries about wells drilled by operators other than BP Amoco have been met wi...

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