West Heather confirms oil

DNO, the Norwegian independent, says the latest appraisal well in its West Heather satellite field has confirmed more than 100 MMbbl of oil in place and recoverable reserves of 35 MMbbl. A development plan will be prepared with a tie-back from a subsea template to the existing Heather platform.

DNO, the Norwegian independent, says the latest appraisal well in its West Heather satellite field has confirmed more than 100 MMbbl of oil in place and recoverable reserves of 35 MMbbl. A development plan will be prepared with a tie-back from a subsea template to the existing Heather platform.
The well, 2/5-20, encountered a 180-ft hydrocarbon column in the southern part of the field. Electric logs revealed a thicker-than-expected reservoir section with 125 ft of net sand with a maximum porosity of 24%. It was drilled on a turnkey arrangement by the semisubmersible GSF Arctic 1V.
This is the second of a two-well farm-in by Challenger Minerals, a subsidiary of Global Santa Fe and Palace Exploration Co., which collectively stand to earn a 45% interest.
Stewart Watson, DNO CEO, said, "The next stage is to prepare and submit a development plan to the DTI. It is envisaged this will comprise a total of three pre-drilled oil producers and two water injectors tied-back through a 7-km pipeline to the Heather platform."
After the tie-back of the West Heather structure, the company plans to develop the North Terrace structure with two oil producers and one water injector. Estimated recoverable reserves are 10 MMbbl.
11/21/02

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