Garten goes onstream in the North Sea

Apache Corp. has started production from the Garten field development on block 9/18a Area-W in the UK North Sea.

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HOUSTONApache Corp. has started production from the Garten field development on block 9/18a Area-W in the UK North Sea.

The Garten field is tied back to the Beryl Alpha platform, 180 mi (290 km) northeast of Aberdeen.

TheGarten discovery well, which is located 6 km (4 mi) south of the Beryl Alpha platform, was placed on production in late November, less than eight months after being drilled in March. The discovery well encountered a downthrown structural closure with 778 ft (237 m) of net oil pay in stacked, high-quality, Jurassic-aged sandstone reservoirs.

The well is currently producing from the Beryl sand at a rate of 13,700 b/d of oil and 15.7 MMcf/d. Two lower zones were also successfully tested, and all three zones will ultimately be commingled to maximize recovery.

The recoverable resource is expected to exceed 10 MMbbl of light oil plus associated natural gas. Apache has a 100% working interest in the Garten development.

Mark Hobbs, director of Operations & Projects at Apache North Sea, said: “Garten is a unique technical achievement and represents Apache’s most complex smart well completion to date. Our delivery on this project underscores Apache’s strong mix of integrated technical capabilities, project management expertise, and cost discipline.”

12/04/2018

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