Trapoil, the independent oil and gas exploration, appraisal and production company focused on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) region of the North Sea, informed that operations have started on the Niobe (Licence P.1889, Blocks 12/26b & 27) exploration prospect in the North Sea.
According to Trapoil, the well is being drilled using the Ensco 100 jack-up rig and well operations are currently anticipated to last approximately 31 days in the dry hole case. The rig contract was signed in January 2015.
The Ensco 100 rig left Dundee shipyard on June 4, 2015 and is currently under tight tow to the Niobe prospect location.
The partners in Licence P.1889 are Suncor Energy UK Limited, operator (49.5 per cent. equity interest), Norwegian Energy Company UK Limited (22.5 per cent. equity interest) and Trap Oil Limited (28 per cent. equity interest, of which 2.5 per cent. is a carried interest).
Image source: Ithaca Energy