Ocean Guardian heads back to test Sea Lion

Rockhopper Exploration has plugged and abandoned its Ernest 26/6-1 exploration well in the offshore North Falklands basin as a dry hole, following completion of all logging runs.

Offshore staff

PORT STANLEY, Falkland Islands -- Rockhopper Exploration has plugged and abandoned its Ernest 26/6-1 exploration well in the offshore North Falklands basin as a dry hole, following completion of all logging runs.

The semisub Ocean Guardian has since shifted to Rockhopper’s Sea Lion discovery. Subject to all necessary consents, the company plans to perform a flow test on the 14/10-2 discovery well.

Rockhopper says the design for the initial flow test makes use of equipment already available on the rig, and certain chemicals which should mitigate the wax appearance temperature and the pour point of the oil.

The flow test should provide an early indication of the production potential of the reservoir sands, and will form part of the planning process as the company moves towards its full appraisal and potential development programs.

08/30/2010

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