GDF, BP Make 'Significant' Discovery in the UK North Sea

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GDF Suez and BP make a "significant" discovery in the UK zone of the central North Sea.

GDF Suez and BP announced Thursday that they have made a "significant" discovery in the UK zone of the central North Sea.

The discovery spans the GDF-operated block 30/1f in license P1588 and the BP-operated block 30/1c in license P363. Dubbed "Marconi" by GDF and "Vorlich" by BP, the discovery has been flow-tested at a maximum rate of 5,350 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

A BP spokesperson told Rigzone that the company was being cautious about giving a precise figure as to the size of the discovery, but that it was "significant".

In a company statement, GDF Suez E&P UK Managing Director Ruud Zoon commented:

"This is an encouraging exploration discovery in a part of the Central North Sea that needs additional volumes of hydrocarbons to open up development options for several stranded discoveries. The discovery is our third successful well this year and demonstrates a continuing commitment by GDF SUEZ to an active exploration and appraisal drilling program on the UK Continental Shelf."

In a separate statement, BP North Sea Regional President Trevor Garlick said:

"As BP marks its 50th year in the North Sea and as the industry looks to maximize economic recovery from the basin, increasing exploration activity and finding new ways to collaborate will be critical to realising remaining potential. This discovery is a great example of both."

The discovery was found with exploration well 30/1f-13AZ encountering hydrocarbons in a Palaeocene sandstone reservoir in block 30/1c and a subsequent side-track well in block 30/1f confirming the westerly extension of the discovery. Drilling was done by GDF using the rig Transocean Galaxy II (400' ILC).

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