The Babbage appraisal well, located in North Sea Block 48/2a, was designed to target a crestal area of the field with a view to proving up both gas reserves and productivity in order to proceed with development of the field. The well was spudded on July 16, 2006 and drilled vertically to a total depth of over 11,000 feet. The well encountered gas throughout a substantial, Leman sandstone section and was flow tested at a rate of 10.7 million cubic feet of gas per day, without the need for stimulation. The well will be suspended at the seabed and kept for use as a future gas production well in the field's development.
The Babbage field is located within a short distance of the Ravenspurn North and Hoton gas platforms, and the CMS and ETS pipeline systems. The close proximity to established infrastructure provides a range of attractive development options.
Dana holds a 40% interest in Block 48/2a, with partners E.ON Ruhrgas UK North Sea, 47% (operator), and Centrica Resources, 13%.
Commenting on the news, Tom Cross, Dana's Chief Executive, said:
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