EnQuest reactivates Thistle drilling

EnQuest has started production from the A55 well in the southern fault block of the Thistle field in the UK northern North Sea.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK -- EnQuest has started production from the A55 well in the southern fault block of the Thistle field in the UK northern North Sea. Results so far are positive, the company says, with 800 boe/d of initial production from the poorer lower part of the well. Further production zones will be added later.

This is the first new producer drilled and completed from the platform for 20 years. It follows a $70-million upgrade of the platform’s drilling facilities in preparations for the program.

The Thistle rig has since started work on two partial well abandonments prior to returning to drill the North West fault block, probably early in 2011.

Elsewhere in this region, EnQuest completed the West Don W4 well in September. Following subsea hook-up, it should start production in the next few weeks. The company also completed the Broom pipeline replacement and augmentation project.

Last month EnQuest picked up all five of the blocks it had applied for in the UK’s 26th Seaward licensing round, including

• 100% interest in 3/1b (split), a small exploration block adjacent to Heather
• 100% interest in 21/27a (part) and 28/2 (part), the latter including a heavy oil discovery
• 100% interest in part-blocks 30/24 and 30/25 (potential redevelopment of the Ardmore field)
• 33.33% interest in 3/17 (exploration block operated by Apache).

11/24/2010

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