DONG Energy Hits Gas at Glenlivet, West of Shetland

DONG Energy and partners, Faroe Petroleum and First Oil Expro, have announced a discovery of gas in the Glenlivet license West of Shetland.


  • Palaeocene reservoir encountered gas filled ‐ preliminary log analysis indicating a net gas column of 201 feet. A gas water contact has not been encountered.
  • The penetrated net reservoir section has excellent reservoir quality with high porosity and the permeability is also expected to be very high.
  • Immediate appraisal of the discovery is being considered with the planning of a potential sidetrack well ongoing. The final decision on this operation is expected in the next 2 days.
  • The Glenlivet discovery is located close to the planned UK west of Shetlands gas gathering system and Glenlivet has the potential to become significant part of this.
  • The Glenlivet exploration well has so far been executed without incident, on time and on budget, by operator Dong.

DONG Energy is operator with 80% interest of the license (P1195), which was awarded in the UK 22nd round. The license is located close to the Laggan and Tormore gas discoveries, where DONG Energy holds 20% interest.

The well encountered the prognosed gas pay in Paleocene sandstone. An extensive coring, logging and sampling program have been carried out and confirming excellent reservoir and saturation parameters (61 meters net pay gas section).

The Glenlivet well is the first well to be operated by DONG Energy in Great Britain in the West of Shetland sector. The exploration well is being drilled with the deepwater semisubmersible drilling rig, Transocean Rather. The exploration well was spudded on August 22, 2009 and despite very harsh weather, the drilling operation went according to plan and total depth was reached on September 10th.

Sidetrack operations are currently being considered to appraise the size of the gas discovery.

While it is too early to assess the commerciality of the discovery, if proved to be commercial, Glenlivet could become a significant part of the planned new UK west of Shetland gas gathering system for which the Total‐operated Laggan gas field is the focal point. Glenlivet is situated approximately 15 kilometres from the proposed Laggan gas export pipeline to Sullom Voe in the Shetland Islands, and Glenlivet license operator DONG E&P is also a 20% equity partner within the Laggan development project. The Glenlivet license also contains another gas discovery, Laxford (Faroe 10%) and a number of further potential exploration targets, all situated close to the Glenlivet discovery. Some of these additional opportunities may also have the potential to be commercialised through the planned new UK west of Shetlands gas gathering system.


  • DONG E&P UK: 80% and Operator
  • Faroe Petroleum Plc.: 10%
  • First Oil Expro Limited: 10%