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Statoil to commence UKCS exploration campaign

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Oilfield Technology,

Statoil is set to commence a three well exploration drilling campaign on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), with the Transocean Spitsbergen semi-submersible rig spudding the first well of the campaign this month.

“This is an exciting campaign testing three very different opportunities on the UKCS. [The company hopes] to make discoveries that can add value to existing projects and also provide the resources necessary for new developments on the UKCS,” says Jenny Morris, Vice President of Exploration, UK.

The wells will be drilled in a continuous campaign that is expected to last between two and three months.

The first well, Mariner Segment 9, could prove additional resources and increase the extent of the Mariner field. After completing the well, which is expected to take 15 - 20 days, the rig will move to Jock Scott, a prospect on the underexplored margins of the Viking Graben. This well is expected to be completed in 20 - 40 days.

The last well of the campaign will be the Verbier opportunity in the Moray Firth area. This well is expected to take 30 - 70 days to complete.

“We have three exciting wells to test with a proven and efficient rig that will enable us to continue to develop our understanding of the full exploration potential of this mature basin and hopefully add new commercial reserves to our UK portfolio,” says Morris.

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