STAVANGER, Norway – Drilling has started on the Niobe exploration well in UK license P1889 in the Outer Moray Firth, off northeast Scotland.
The license is in blocks 12/26b and 12/27, close to theBeatrice oil field. The jackup Ensco 100 is drilling the well, the main target being a stratigraphic pinch-out trap in late Jurassic sands 940 m (3,084 ft) below mean sea level.
Drilling time to target depth is estimated at 31 days.
Noreco, a partner in the Suncor-operated well, says the prospect could hold reserves in the 7-157 MMboe range.