Drilling starts on Blackrock west of Shetland

Diamond Offshore’s semisubmersible Ocean GreatWhite has spudded the Blackrock prospect west of Shetland for operator Siccar Point Energy E&P.

Diamond Offshore’s semisubmersible Ocean GreatWhite
Diamond Offshore’s semisubmersible Ocean GreatWhite

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK – Diamond Offshore’s semisubmersible Ocean GreatWhite has spudded the Blackrock prospect west of Shetland for operator Siccar Point Energy E&P.

The rig is also contracted to drill the first well on the Lyon prospect north of Shetland for Siccar Point and INEOS, with the campaign expected take around five months to complete.

Blackrock is in license P.1830, between theRosebank and Cambo oil fields. Siccar Point became operator in 2017 through its acquisition of OMV UK.

Shell UK joined as a partner last year under a deal that also gave the company a 30% interest in the Siccar Point-operatedCambo license.

The current well will target multiple reservoirs similar to those beneath the nearby Rosebank field. If successful, it could de-risk other exploration prospects in the region.

License interest

Siccar Point Energy E&P Ltd

Suncor Energy UK Ltd.

Shell UK Ltd.

P.1830

52.5% *

25.0%

22.5%

*operator

03/19/2019

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