ABERDEN, UK --The Petrofac-operated West Don oilfield in UK North Sea block 211/13b is moving towards development. The partners have agreed the basis of the design which would involve two initial production and one water injection well.
Recently, the field partners concluded a pre-unitization agreement with the owners of the adjacent block, to establish field equity shares. They also received proposals from the owners of two potential take-off routes for receiving and processing the field's crude.
Assuming UK government sanction within the next few months, development drilling should start next year, leading to first oil in mid-2009. However, the schedule will depend on the extent and timing of modifications to the selected host platform, and of long lead equipment purchases. West Don's proven probable reserves total 20.4 MMbl of oil.