EXTENDED REACH EYED FOR WYTCH FARM

Major advances in extended reach drilling into shallow pays during the past year have enabled BP Exploration to revamp its plans to develop the offshore portion of Wytch Farm oil field on the south coast of England. Instead of building an artificial island, BP will drill about 14 wells with a reach of as much as 5 km (3.105 miles) from existing and new well sites on the coast. The wells will recover about 80% of reserves that would have been reached from an artificial island.

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