By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Sept. 29 -- Tullow Oil PLC completed the Ketch 7 development well in the Schooner-Ketch redevelopment in the UK North Sea. On test, Ketch 7 flowed at 45 MMscfd of gas, and the company expects production in early October.
The horizontal well, spudded on June 2, encountered 540 ft of net pay along with higher-than-expected reservoir pressures. The addition of Ketch 7 is expected to increase the production capability of Schooner and Ketch fields to more than 100 MMscfd of gas.
Other Ketch wells are expected to generate additional production. Tullow spudded the 3,000 ft horizontal Ketch 8 well on Sept. 18.
Meanwhile, the NW Schooner appraisal well, targeting an extension of Schooner field, encountered a net gas pay of 275 ft. The well is being completed for testing, expected at the end of September.
If the test yields commercial flow rates, the well will be suspended, and the pipeline laid for tie-in to the Schooner platform in mid-2007.
Tullow owns 100% of Ketch 7 and 90.35% of the Schooner NW appraisal well. The company acquired Ketch and Schooner fields in early 2005.