North Sea Bacchus well doubles field output
Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA) says the newly onstream B-1 development well has pushed total production at the Bacchus field in the UK central North Sea to more than 17,600 b/d of oil.
Currently, the well is delivering 9,400 b/d. Apache logged 2,057-ft (627-m) net oil pay along a horizontal completion segment in Jurassic-aged Fulmar sandstone in the field’s western fault block. Production heads to the Forties Alpha platform via a subsea tieback.
Following the recent drilling success at Bacchus, Apache has extended its current Forties 3D seismic survey program to cover other Jurassic development and exploration targets in the Bacchus area. The survey should be completed next month.
Since 2009, the company has brought into production three new Forties satellite fields – Bacchus, Maule, and Tonto. All three developments qualified under the UK’s small field allowance system.