Another exploration success for Wintershall in the North SeaOil confirmed in the Bonneville prospect
Together with the operator Premier Oil, Wintershall has struck oil in the British North Sea as part of a joint drilling project. The 28/9a-6 exploration well and the 28/9a-6z side-track well have confirmed the presence of hydrocarbons in the Bonneville structure. Wintershall is currently carrying out a preliminary resource estimate. Wintershall holds a 20% stake in licence P1430, while Premier Oil has 50% and Capricorn Norge AS 30%.
"Bonneville is our fourth oil discovery this year in the North Sea. That underlines the expertise of our staff in choosing the right projects," says Martin Bachmann, who is the Wintershall executive board member responsible for exploration and production. Germany’s largest internationally active crude oil and natural gas producer has a portfolio of more than 25 licences in the British North Sea, and is the operator for more than half of them. Wintershall is aiming to increase its daily production volume on the Norwegian and British Continental Shelf from around 4,000 barrels at the moment to 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) by 2015.
The Bonneville prospect is situated in the UK Central North Sea, around eight kilometres south of the Burgman discovery in the Catcher licence. The oil has been confirmed at a depth of 4,481 feet in excellent reservoir conditions with a porosity of around 30%. The quality of the oil is very similar to that in the neighbouring Catcher discovery.
The development plan intends to tie-in the reservoir to the Catcher field.
The WilPhoenix drilling rig is now being moved to western Shetland to start development drilling at the Premier Oil-operated Solan project.