West Franklin appraisal results increase field potential

Results from the West Franklin B appraisal well have significantly increased the potential of the West Franklin field in the Central Graben area of the UK North Sea, according to Total.

Offshore staff

PARIS -- Results from the West Franklin B appraisal well have significantly increased the potential of the West Franklin field in the Central Graben area of the UK North Sea, according to Total.

The West Franklin field is located in blocks 29/5b and 29/4d, approximately 240 km (149 mi) east of Aberdeen and 4 km (2.5 mi) west of the Franklin wellhead platform, from where it was drilled.

Total is the operator (35.784%) and is now considering options for the next phases of development of the field, all of which will maximize synergies with existing Elgin Franklin facilities.

The West Franklin well encountered a very good quality Upper Jurassic reservoir and was tested with a rate of 985,000 cm/d of gas and 314 cm/d of condensates on a 26/64-in. choke, according to Total. It is currently producing at a rate of 2.6 MMcf/d.

West Franklin is currently producing 20,000 boe/d, and is expected to produce 45,000 boe/d. Ultimate resources have been significantly increased and are now estimated at close to 200 MMboe with additional drilling, the company says.

09/09/2008

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