Wintershall gets license on Block 4N off Qatar

Qatar has granted Wintershall AG an offshore exploration license for Block 4N (Khuff), close to North field.

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, Nov. 17 -- Qatar has granted Wintershall AG an offshore exploration license for Block 4N (Khuff), close to North field. The exploration and production-sharing agreement has a 25-year term.

The acreage, which has gas potential, is 544 sq km and in 70 m of water.

Wintershall, as sole operator, will reprocess seismic data and shoot additional seismic over the next 2 years and plans to drill two exploration wells by 2010.

"Depending on the results of the intensive exploration campaign, Wintershall would develop a discovery through further drilling, and subsequently produce natural gas and condensate," Wintershall said.

It was granted operatorship of offshore Block 11 in Qatar in 2000 and Block 3 last year. It also plans to shoot seismic surveys and drill two exploration wells by 2010 on Block 3.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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