Maersk finds gas/condensate in Luke

Mærsk Oil & Gas has discovered gas/condensate while drilling the Luke-1X (5504/6-6) exploration well in the Danish North Sea.

Offshore staff

COPENHAGEN -- Mærsk Oil & Gas has discovered gas/condensate while drilling the Luke-1X (5504/6-6) exploration well in the Danish North Sea. The well, in License 8/06 on the westernmost reaches of the Danish shelf, proved hydrocarbons in Mid-Jurassic Bryne formation sandstones.

Luke-1X was drilled as a vertical well in 40 m (131 ft) water depth by the jackup Maersk Resolve, reaching TD at 4,572 m (15,000 ft) subsurface in layers presumed to be of Lower Jurassic age. To further appraise the discovery, a side-track – Luke-1XA – was drilled towards the north.

Maersk and its partners (Shell and the Danish North Sea Fund) will evaluate the results and formulate plans for any additional work to determine whether the find can be produced commercially.

Luke 1-X was drilled a short way east of the Elly gas/condensate field in the A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S Sole Concession, and followed a cooperation agreement between License 8/06 and the Sole Concession. After the well has been plugged and abandoned, the Mærsk Resolve will move to the Tyra Field to drill a production well.

01/15/2010

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