Rockhopper looks for Sea Lion extension

Rockhopper Exploration has spudded its latest exploration well in the offshore North Falkland basin, designed to appraise last year’s Sea Lion discovery.

Offshore staff

PORT STANLEY, Falkland Islands -- Rockhopper Exploration has spudded its latest exploration well in the offshore North Falkland basin, designed to appraise last year’s Sea Lion discovery.

The semisubmersible Ocean Guardian is drilling well 14/10-4 on license PL032. The location is 2.3 km (1.4 mi) from the Sea Lion 14/10-2 discovery well, in the southern lobe of the Sea Lion fan system.

Rockhopper’s aim is to investigate reservoir and hydrocarbon columns downdip of 14/10-2. The planned target depth is around 3,000 m (9,842 ft), probing for deeper sands than those encountered in the discovery well.

Operations should last about 38 days.

02/21/2011

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