TotalEnergies spuds Benriach prospect

March 29, 2023
TotalEnergies E&P UK has spudded the Benriach exploration well on Block 206/05c, West of Shetlands.

TotalEnergies E&P UK has spudded the Benriach exploration well on Block 206/05c, offshore the UK West of Shetland, prospect partner Kistos PLC said in a release Mar. 29.

The well is being drilled by the Transocean Barents semi-submersible drilling rig and is expected to complete in third-quarter 2023. Targeted P50 prospective resources are 638 bcf. The prospect is targeting the same Royal Sovereign sands discovered in Glendronach field in the Greater Laggan Area, according to Kistos' website (OGJ Online, Sept. 24, 2018). If successful, Benriach could extend production at the Shetland gas plant, the site notes.   

In January 2022, TotalEnergies farmed out 25% interest in the Banriach prospect to Kistos PLC (OGJ Online, Jan. 31, 2022).