Dana aiming for year-end start for Western Isles

Dana Petroleum and partner Cieco have opted for a floating production vessel for their Western Isles development in the UK northern North Sea.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK -- Dana Petroleum and partner Cieco have opted for a floating production vessel for their Western Isles development in the UK northern North Sea.

The project comprises four block 210/a oil accumulations -- Lewis, Harris, Uist, and Barra (formerly Melville). These were discovered in 2008 south of the Hudson oil field, which Dana also operates.

Hydrocarbons are in the Mid-Jurassic Brent reservoir horizon, with reserves estimates at around 65 MMboe.

Dana expects the first-phase development to involve around six gas-lifted oil production wells with six water injectors providing pressure support. The company is preparing to issue invitations to tended for the production floater.

Further work this year is planned to include a full delineation of the subsurface structure and comprehensive dynamic modeling of the field. A re-mapping exercise is also under way across the region to assess the potential for further prospectivity.

Vessel selection and upgrade design work will continue in parallel to allow work contracts to be ready to execute at the time of project sanction, expected around end-2010. The partners are aiming for first oil in late 2012.

04/05/2010

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