Falkland Oil and Gas Limited, FOGL, one of several international companies involved in the Falklands' oil industry, announced on Monday that the 14/20 Isobel 2 well was spudded by Premier Oil as operator on Saturday, 21 November.
The well is located on licence PL004a, in which FOGL has a 40% working interest, and lies approximately 4 km away from the 14/20-1 Isobel Deep oil discovery. The well will target the Isobel Deep reservoir and is a re-drill of the 14/20-1 well drilled earlier this year, which failed to reach Total Depth owing to operational issues.
The well will test the F3 fan systems, which are mapped as entering the basin from the south east margin and comprise a sequence of stacked reservoirs. In addition to Isobel Deep, the well will also penetrate four other fans within the complex, comprising: Elaine South, Isobel, Doreen and Irene.
The Elaine/Isobel fan complex, based on the operator’s estimates, has multiple reservoir targets and gross, mean un-risked resources of 400 million barrels of oil. The well is estimated to be completed in January 2016. FOGL is fully carried through the costs of this well by Premier Oil and Rockhopper Exploration.
“I am very pleased to announce the spud of Isobel 2, the final well in our 2015 exploration drilling program. Finding oil in the original Isobel Deep well was very encouraging and the Isobel 2 well location will further evaluate this discovery commented Tim Bushell, FOGL CEO.
He added that the well location also allows to explore four other fans and hence, provides an opportunity to assess the significant oil resource that may exist within the Isobel/Elaine complex.”
FOGL has extensive license areas to the North, South and East of the Falklands Islands.