Total Makes New Discovery Near Alwyn

Total has made a new gas and condensate discovery in the Alwyn Area of the Northern North Sea, close to the Jura field that recently came on stream.

The field, to be known as Islay, lies in block 3/15 of the UK sector of the North Sea, some 440 kilometers (275 miles) north-east of Aberdeen, in a water depth of 120 meters. The discovery well was drilled to a depth of more than 4,000 meters into the Brent reservoir and during testing it has produced 1.22 million cubic meters of gas per day or 8,800 barrels of oil equivalent per day including condensates. The well was drilled by the Transocean John Shaw.

Total is the operator of Islay with a 100% interest. In this region, Total is already the 100% owner and operator of the Alwyn North, Dunbar, Grant, Ellon, Nuggets, Forvie North and Jura fields. Although a separate field, Islay is just 3 kilometers east of Jura, which was discovered in November 2006 and came on stream on May 20th this year. Having confirmed the Islay discovery, Total is now to define a plan to connect this new well to the Alwyn facility in the near future.

This latest success results from the exploration strategy that Total has applied in the UK sector of the North Sea for the past five years and which has notably led to the discoveries of West Franklin, Forvie North, Tormore and Jura.

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