HORIZONTAL WELLS MAY TAP NORTH SEA FIELD

Activity around the first Eocene oil discoveries in the U.K. North Sea is starting to take off. BP Exploration will drill a horizontal well in Forth field in Block 9/23b to help establish the feasibility of developing the 165 million bbl field with a series of horizontal wells. Kerr-McGee Oil (U.K.) plc earlier disclosed plans to install a concrete gravity platform in Gryphon field in Block 9/18b that could form the basis of development infrastructure in the quadrant (OGJ, June 3, p. 44).

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