Danish, Dutch wells in prospect

The jackup Maersk Resolve should be available to start drilling in September on the Luna prospect in the Danish North Sea.

Offshore staff

TORONTO, Canada – The jackup Maersk Resolve should be available to start drilling in September on the Luna prospect in the Danish North Sea.

According to Elko Energy, one of the 01/11 license partners, the rig currently is drilling nearby for Maersk Oil and Gas in the Danish sector.

The Luna drilling program should last around one month, with the well designed to test the overall Rotliegendes play.

Luna is in a small half graben with the pinch out edge to the southeast of the structure. There is a strong likelihood of the Rotliegendes reservoir being present says Elko, based on seismic interpretation.

However, there is uncertainty over which seismic data represents the top reservoir and where the pinch out occurs. And there is the possibility that the Rotliegendes does not pinch out but continues updip into Lead A, and that Luna and Lead A are, in fact, connected and represent one feature.

In the Dutch North Sea, Elko agreed last September to exchange its interests in blocks P1 and P2 for a royalty of up to 5% of sales value from the produced gas and condensate delivered onshore.

Chevron subsequently transferred interests to TAQA Energy in the two blocks, and plans to drill the P2-10 appraisal well on the P2 block this fall using the jackup Noble Byron Welliver.

The well will target a gas discovery. One aim is to evaluate commercial hydrocarbon flow rates from an extended reach horizontal well within the Rotliegendes sandstone reservoir. The program should last around 100 days.

More recently, UK-based independent Xtract Energy offered to acquire Elko Energy’s shares, and expects to complete the acquisition in August.

07/14/2011

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