LONDON – Statoil (U.K.) and its partners have agreed to drill a side track from the 20/05b-13 Verbier exploration well in the UK central North Sea.
Although this well was unsuccessful, wireline log data indicates hydrocarbons may be present updip in a smaller accumulation.
According to partnerJersey Oil & Gas, all necessary approvals have come through and operations are under way.
Drilling of the 20/05b-13Z side track exploration well should take 25-35 days to complete.
Andrew Benitz, Jersey’s CEO, said: “The joint venture partnership has now identified the potential for late Jurassic sands, similar to the water bearing sands encountered in the 20/05b-13 well, to be present within the hydrocarbon window updip of the original well location, offering the possibility of a potentially lesser, but still commercially attractive, hydrocarbon accumulation.”