Desire Petroleum has drilled a duster in its Ninky prospect in the North Falkland basin, off the Falkland Islands.
Well 14/15-3 reached a total depth of 8,596 feet (2,620 meters) in the Barremian source rock interval, encountering two sand-prone sections in the Upper and Middle F2 intervals, but failed to hit pay.
The company stated the reservoir quality is generally poor having only 18 feet (5.6 meters) of net reservoir with an average porosity of 13%, but log analysis indicates a 4 feet (1.2 meter) interval at the top of the Middle F2 zone was oil bearing. Wireline formation pressure measurements were attempted, but no valid pressures were obtained, indicating that the reservoirs are low permeability at this location. As a result, Desire did not attempt wireline sampling.
Desire believes better reservoir quality may be expected downdip and seismic data has indicated there are further sands along strike on the Ninky structural high, which were not penetrated in the 14/15-3 well. The well will now be plugged and abandoned and the Ocean Guardian semisub will return to Rockhopper. Desire Petroleum has a 92.5% operating interest in the prospect and Rockhopper Exploration has the other 7.5% interest.
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