Amerada Hess has drilled its 210/24a-10 exploration well to test for the presence of hydrocarbons in the Melville prospect, close to the Hudson oil field in the Northern North Sea, and has discovered oil. the operator's preliminary analysis of wireline logs and reservoir pressure data indicates approximately 100 ft of gross oil column within the Brent sandstone formation.
The full suite of technical data gathered from the well will now be analyzed in detail and integrated into subsurface models to determine the quantities of recoverable oil and gas found and the possible development options. A tieback of Melville through the Dana operated Hudson subsea infrastructure, 6 km to the north, is currently considered by Dana to be the most likely development scenario.
The participants in the Melville oil discovery are Amerada Hess (operator) 38.2%, Dana 26.6%, and CIECO 35.2%.