Petro-Canada group finds Moray Firth oil

A group led by Petro-Canada made a potentially commercial discovery 110 km north of Aberdeen, Scotland, in the UK North Sea's Inner Moray Firth area.

Jan 25th, 2008

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Jan. 25 -- A group led by Petro-Canada made a potentially commercial discovery 110 km north of Aberdeen, Scotland, in the UK North Sea's Inner Moray Firth area.

The 13/21b-7 well went to TD 2,398 m in 89 m of water and found oil in two Lower Cretaceous sandstone reservoirs. Wireline samples tested 34.5° gravity oil in the deeper reservoir with a 21-m gross column.

The shallower reservoir drillstem tested 21° gravity clean oil at unassisted rates of up to 200 b/d. Petro-Canada said, "Evaluation of the test data indicates that this reservoir has the potential to yield commercial flow rates through the application of horizontal wells and appropriate completion technology."

It is the first exploration commitment well on acreage awarded to Petro-Canada in the UK 23rd round in December 2005.

Interests are Petro-Canada operator with 50%, Samson North Sea Ltd. 35%, First Oil Expro Ltd. 10%, and Reach Exploration (UK) Ltd. 5%.

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