Cairn spuds Greenland well

Cairn Energy has started drilling its first well offshore Greenland on the Alpha prospect in the Sigguk block, around 175 km (109 mi) offshore Disko Island on the western side of the mainland.

Offshore staff

EDINBURGH, UK -- Cairn Energy has started drilling its first well offshore Greenland on the Alpha prospect in the Sigguk block, around 175 km (109 mi) offshore Disko Island on the western side of the mainland.

The company has engaged the fifth-generation semisubmersible Stena Don and the sixth-generation drillship Stena Forth for a multi-well program off Greenland this summer.

Cairn is targeting the Alpha and T8 exploration prospects, both in water depths of between 300 and 500 m (984-1,640 ft). The wells have planned target depths of 4,200 m (13,780 ft) and 3,250 m (10,663 ft), respectively, and should take 55 and 38 days to drill.

Each well is being drilled using a pilot hole through the initial top hole section.

07/01/2010

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