LONDON -- Drilling operations have begun on the Cairngorm discovery area in the UKCS, according to Stratic Energy.
The semisubmersibleByford Dolphin has spudded the Cairngorm well, 16/2b-5, Stratic's first operated well in the UKCS. Drilling operations are expected to continue for 50-60 days, the company says.
The primary target of the 16/2b-5 well is to appraise multiple fracture zones in the granite reservoir that are thought to have been damaged in the 16/3a-11z discovery well, which flowed at rates in excess of 2,000 b/d of oil. The 16/2b5 well has additional secondary exploration objectives in the overlying Palaeocene and Eocene sections, according to Stratic.