Total Reports Two Promising Discoveries in UK North Sea

Total said that its wholly owned subsidiary, Total E&P UK PLC, has made two significant oil and gas discoveries in the Alwyn Area.

The Alwyn Area is located in the UK sector of the North Sea, 160 kilometers east of the Shetland Islands and 440 kilometers northeast of Aberdeen. Production from the Alwyn Area includes the Alwyn North, Dunbar, Grant, Ellon, Nuggets, and Forvie North fields, which are all 100%, owned and operated by Total.

The Jura West 3/15-10 well was drilled 10 kilometers east of the Dunbar field. The well intersected over 300 meters of good quality Middle Jurassic, Brent reservoir, all of which has been found to be gas-bearing.

Jura West is expected to start production in 2008, via a 3-kilometer tie-back to the Forvie North subsea manifold, which is linked to the Alwyn North NAB process platform. A second development well and a near-by exploration well are already planned.

This discovery comes a few weeks after another exploration well drilled from the Alwyn North NAA platform (3/9a-N50) encountered 85 meters of gas condensate bearing sands in the Statfjord Formation and 60 meters of oil bearing sands in the overlying Brent Formation.

Through these successes, Total will extend the production plateau of its Alwyn core area well beyond 2010. They illustrate Total's commitment to continue exploration of the UK continental shelf. By developing newly discovered accumulations using the infrastructure of long established fields, the Group participates in the further development of the North Sea oil and gas potential.

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