ExxonMobil acts to arrest Beryl decline

ExxonMobil is to resume development drilling at its Beryl complex in the UK northern North Sea.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK -- ExxonMobil is to resume development drilling at its Beryl complex in the UK northern North Sea.

The company and its partners Hess, Enterprise Oil (Shell) and OMV (UK) plan to drill three new wells from the Beryl Alpha platform, at a cost of around $200 million. The resulting production should offset the decline from the field's existing producer wells.

ExxonMobil North Sea Production Manager Lee Tillman said the decision had been taken following detailed geological, reservoir and drilling studies. Work is under way to identify further opportunities to extend the drilling program.

Beryl is in water depth of 117 m (384 ft), 335 km (208 mi) north-east of Aberdeen. The field started production in 1976 and has so far generated 1 Bbbl of oil and condensate.

09/08/2009

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