Siccar Point Energy (Siccar Point) has commenced its 2019 drilling campaign with the spudding of an exploration well at the Blackrock prospect.
The campaign, using Diamond Offshore’s Ocean GreatWhite semisubmersible rig, is expected to take around five months and also includes the Lyon exploration prospect north of Shetland.
Located 140 km northwest of Shetland, the Blackrock license is located directly between the Rosebank and Cambo oil fields. Siccar Point acquired its operated interest in the P.1830 license in 2017 by acquiring OMV UK Limited. Shell UK Limited joined the current Blackrock license holders, Siccar Point and Suncor Energy UK Limited, last year in a deal with Siccar Point, which included a 30% non-operated interest in Cambo.
The Blackrock prospect targets multiple reservoirs similar to those underlying the neighboring Rosebank field. If successful, it will add substantial resources as well as de-risk a portfolio of other exploration prospects in the region.
“Blackrock is a very important prospect within our Corona Ridge acreage and we are pleased to have progressed to the exploration drilling stage,” Jonathan Roger, CEO of Siccar Point, said. “We have a very exciting 2019 in front of us with two material exploration wells to drill and progressing the Cambo development forward to project sanction.”
Siccar Point will progress exploration drilling at the material Lyon gas prospect immediately following the Blackrock well.