Statoil launches three-well UK exploration campaign

Statoil ASA is set to spud the Mariner Segment 9 well in early July, beginning a three-well exploration campaign on the UK Continental Shelf.

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Statoil ASA is set to spud the Mariner Segment 9 well in early July, beginning a three-well exploration campaign on the UK Continental Shelf.

The wells will be drilled by Transocean’s Spitsbergen semisubmersible rig over 2-3 months.

Drilling of Mariner Segment 9 will last 15-25 days and could prove additional resources and increase the extent of Mariner field (OGJ Online, Dec. 2, 2016). The rig will then drill Jock Scott, a prospect on the underexplored margins of the Viking Graben, over 20-40 days. The third well, expected to last 30-70 days, will be at the Verbier prospect in the Moray Firth area.

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“We hope to make discoveries that can add value to existing projects and also provide the resources necessary for new developments on the UKCS,” said Jenny Morris, Statoil vice-president exploration, UK.

Segment 9 partners are Statoil with 65.1111% interest, JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp. 20%, Siccar Point Energy Ltd. 8.889%, and Dyas UK Ltd. 6%.

Jock Scott partners are Statoil 75% and BP Exploration Operating Co. Ltd. 25%.

Verbier partners are Statoil 70%, Jersey Oil & Gas PLC 18%, and CIECO Exploration & Production (UK) Ltd. 12%.

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