Chevron completes drilling on Lagavulin well


Chevron completes drilling on Lagavulin well

Faroe Petroleum, the independent oil and gas company focusing principally on exploration, appraisal and production opportunities in the Atlantic margin, the North Sea and Norway, announces that drilling has reached target depth on the Lagavulin exploration well (Faroe 10%), operated by Chevron, in the UK Atlantic Margin to the west of the Shetland Islands.

Well 217/15-1z, on the Lagavulin prospect was spudded in October 2010 and drilled in 1,567 metres water depth. Total depth was reached on 10 June 2011. Hydrocarbons and a working petroleum system have been confirmed, however no workable reservoir system was found to be present at this location and the well will be plugged and abandoned. Extensive data gathering has been undertaken in the well and detailed analysis is underway to fully evaluate the well results.

The well was drilled with the Stena Carron drillship. Progress was slower than expected, principally due to a number of operational and technical challenges, notably poor weather conditions and variable drilling formation. As a result of these delays, the cost of this well was greater than projected.

Faroe Petroleum has, since its formation in 1998, been at the forefront of basalt exploration in the Atlantic Margin, in partnership with several Major oil companies, including Chevron, BP, Eni and Statoil. The material potential the region offers continues to attract super-Majors such as Exxon, who joined with Statoil earlier this year in committing to further sub-basalt drilling in the Atlantic Margin region in the coming period. The results of the Lagavulin exploration well will significantly advance our understanding of the geology and ability to unlock the high potential basalt play in the Atlantic Margin region.

The Company pursues a portfolio exploration business model, which is managed to mitigate the negative impact that any single well can have on our continuing well programme. Among the fully-funded 17 firm and expected wells in our schedule to end 2013, the Company is participating in two further near-term high impact exploration wells in the west of Shetlands area, namely the shallow water Fulla well, in which Faroe holds a 50 percent interest, and the deep water North Uist well. The first of these to be drilled, Fulla, is located close to the producing Clair oil field, in shallow water and is expected to commence in June, with Faroe as operator, while North Uist is now expected to be drilled in early 2012.
Furthermore, three wells are scheduled to spud in Norway in the coming months: Butch and T-Rex in August and Kalvklumpen in October. T-Rex will be Faroe's third well on the Halten Terrace, in the same area in which the Company made the two discoveries, Maria and Fogelberg, in 2010.

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