Xcite Energy reported that the pilot section of the 9/3b-6 appraisal well encountered a larger than expected oil column. The well confirmed a 113-foot (34-meter) oil column, about 40 feet (12 meters) thicker than the 73-foot (22-meter) prognosis, in a high quality Dornoch reservoir. The well also confirmed the oil/water contact at a depth of 3,729 feet (1,137 meters).
Initially, the pilot section of the 9/3b-6 well was designed to test the Dornoch reservoir but was extended to test the Jurassic play, encountering 15 feet (5 meters) of Jurassic reservoir with oil shows. Xcite stated that the pilot section has provided valuable reservoir information for the placement of a horizontal well and for planning the first stage of development. The well's horizontal section is now being drilled ahead of flow testing in November.
The Bentley field is located on Block 9/3b in License P.1078 in the UK sector of the North Sea, situated 99 miles (160 kilometers) east of the Shetland Isles in 371 feet (113 meters) of water. Xcite Energy wholly owns and operates the field.
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