Oil Struck at Blackbird Oil Field

Nexen has successfully appraised the Blackbird oil field in the UK Central North Sea. The 20/2a-9 well reached a total measured depth of 12,000 feet (366 meters), targeting a high quality Upper Jurassic oil discovery. It encountered approximately 330 vertical feet (101 meters) of gross oil-bearing section. Preliminary wireline log analysis indicates 75 feet (23 meters) total thickness of good quality, oil bearing reservoir sands. The operator plans to complete the well and flow test it, and then suspend it as a future oil producer. Well 20/2a-6 might be tied-back to the Ettrick FPSO. Blackbird is located on Block 20/2a in a water depth of 367 feet (112 meters), about 4 miles (6 kilometers) south of the Ettrick field. Nexen serves as the operator and holds an 80% working interest; Dana Petroleum holds 12%; and Atlantic Petroleum holds 8.27%.

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