Bowmore appraisal under way

The semisubmersible Ocean Guardian has spudded an appraisal well on the Bowmore prospect in the UK central North Sea, according to Nippon Oil Exploration & Production UK.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN -- The semisubmersible Ocean Guardian has spudded an appraisal well on the Bowmore prospect in the UK central North Sea, according to Nippon Oil Exploration & Production UK.

Well 15/24a-J is located between the 15/24a-4 discovery well from 1990 and the recently appraised Bugle accumulation to the west in block 15/23d.

According to partner Stratic Energy, the target is the same Upper Jurassic sandstones that delivered hydrocarbons from these earlier wells. The original Bowmore discovery well flowed 11 MMcf/d of gas and 3,024 b/d of condensate.

Operations to total depth, including wireline logging, are expected to take 45 days to complete.

Stratic’s COO Dr. Mark Bilsland says the partners aim to test Bowmore’s down-dip potential. “The results of this well will provide valuable information on the size and reservoir characteristics of the Bowmore discovery and assist in defining development options.”

06/23/2009

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