Hurricane Exploration has re-entered the Whirlwind exploration well (201/21a-5) West of Shetlands. The well was drilled in autumn 2010 with oil shows detected in the drill cuttings and side wall cores, but Hurricane was unable to test the well at that time due to weather constraints.
The work program has been designed to establish whether the reservoir has commercial flow characteristics and to characterize the reservoir fluid type. A drill stem test will be conducted, testing both the limestone and basement interval and a production logging tool will be run to identify zones of fluid ingress into the well bore.
The re-entry will be undertaken with the WilPhoenix, a semisubmersible drilling rig owned and operated by Awilco Drilling Ltd., with AGR Petroleum Services providing well management services. The testing operations are expected to take approximately 40 days.
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