CALGARY– Talisman Energy has discovered hydrocarbons while drilling the Shaw prospect in UK North Sea block 22/22a. The well tested 4,800 boe/d on a restricted choke, and the company is drilling an appraisal sidetrack.
Shaw is near another recent find, Godwin. Talisman is looking at options to develop Godwin through its Montrose – Arbroath production facilities.
The company says three of its new development projects in the North Sea – Burghley, Auk North, and Auk South – are on schedule and on budget. At Auk North, three batch wells have been drilled, with an initial free flow rate on the first well of 6,500 boe/d through a restricted choke.
At the Tartan complex, production efficiency measures have increased output to around 8,500 boe/d. On the minus side, there was a compressor failure at Claymore that led to eight weeks’ outage. One compressor is online now and a second expected to come online at the end of this month.
Production from Talisman’s Norway operations averaged 39,000 boe/d during 2Q 2009, up 18% on the corresponding period in 2008. However, operating efficiency was lower than expected at Rev, a subsea tieback to BG’s Armada platform in the UK sector.
A sidetrack of the Grevling oil discovery in license PL038, block 15/12, drilled down-dip of the structure, extended the proven oil column. Further potential remains to be tested down-flank. Talisman plans a further appraisal well in 2010, and is examining development options via its nearby Varg floater.
Talisman strikes again at Shaw
Talisman Energy has discovered hydrocarbons while drilling the Shaw prospect in UK North Sea block 22/22a.