STAINES, UK – Spirit Energy is preparing to drill a new infill well this spring at the Chiswick field in the UK southern North Sea, under a £75-million ($106-million) investment designed to bring a further 50 bcf of gas onstream.
Noble Corp.’s jackupHans Deul will drill the well, starting preparatory work at the field in April.
This is one of five rigs on hire to Spirit this year in the North Sea area, accounting for 10% of the active rig market in Europe, the company claimed.
Chiswick, which started production in 2007, is part of Spirit’s Greater Markham Area on the UK/Dutch median line (also including the Markham, Grove and Kew fields), which delivered 23 bcf net to the company last year.
All Chiswick’s gas, which is wholly in UK waters and produced via a normally-unmanned installation, is processed at the J6-A platform in the Ducth sector before being transported to the Den Helder gas processing plant via the subsea Westgastransport pipeline system.
Fraser Weir, the company’s North Sea Director, said: ““This is just one part of a busy rig program for Spirit Energy in Europe this year, as we explore for fresh discoveries, maximize the potential of existing fields, and plug wells which have ceased production.”
Spirit Energy is a newly-formed company that combines the upstream E&P interests held by Centrica and Bayerngas Norge, has 27 producing fields and more than 70 exploration licenses, and also operates the Barrow gas terminals in northwest England that receive production from the Morecambe Bay field in the Irish Sea.