Lundin Respins Bit at Thistle in UK North Sea

Lundin Petroleum has resumed drilling on its Thistle field for the first time in over 20 years.

The resumption of drilling marks a significant milestone in the re-development of the Thistle platform following a US $170 million investment in the fabric and integrity of the asset. The investment includes a US $80 million re-activation and improvement of the drilling rig including the installation of a top drive.

A 3D seismic acquisition programme completed in 2008 has identified a number of new drilling and workover opportunities which has increased the ultimate recoverable reserves from the Thistle and Deveron fields.

Ashley Heppenstall, President and CEO of Lundin Petroleum commented, "Our business model in the UK is focused on extending the economic lives of late life assets through a proactive investment program. Over the last few years we have invested in Thistle in a program covering asset integrity and new seismic acquisition. We are now embarking on a new drilling program which will last for a number of years and materially increase Thistle production."