Nexen to fast-track Blackbird oil development

Nexen Petroleum has suspended its Blackbrid well as a future producer in the UK North Sea after a drillstem test indicated an average of 3,800 b/d of oil production potential.

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, Aug. 14 -- Nexen Petroleum Inc., Calgary, has suspended its Blackbrid well as a future producer in the UK North Sea after a drillstem test indicated an average of 3,800 b/d of oil production potential, with the oil flowing through a 34/64-in. choke.

The well, drilled on Block 20/2a, 6 km south of Nexen-operated Ettrick field, struck 111 ft of net pay in multiple zones.

Nexen described the oil as being of high quality crude in good quality reservoir sands. It plans to fast-track the development as a subsea tieback to the nearby Ettrick floating production, storage, and offloading vessel.

Charlie Fischer, Nexen's president and chief executive, said: "Satellite discoveries such as Blackbird allow for quick and cost effective tie-backs to existing infrastructure, which generates incremental value."

Nexen is operator of the Blackbird well with a 79.73% working interest. Other coventurers include Bow Valley Energy Ltd. 12% and Atlantic Petroleum 8.27%.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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