Drilling to start at Denmark's deepest gas field
DONG Energy, Germany's Bayerngas and the Danish North Sea Fund will collaborate on an appraisal drilling in the Svane field, the companies said on Wednesday.
The gas is said to be trapped deeper than any other Danish field. DONG holds 50%, Bayerngas 30% and the Fund 20% of the licence for the field which is situated in the North Sea's Danish sector.
ConocoPhillips, the original owner of the licence, had identified through an appraisal drilling the possibility of a large gas reservoir. But it experienced drilling difficulties that made the prospect uncertain.
DONG Energy took over as operator from ConocoPhillips, when the former acquired Danish gas and oil activities from the latter in 2007. The latest collaboration is to ascertain volumes and extraction possibilities for the gas. The partners concede the depth of the gas would make exploration "technically challenging" as the field is characterised by high pressure and temperatures.
"If the appraisal drilling meets our expectations... it opens perspectives for future exploitation of this type of technically challenging field on the Danish shelf", said DONG Energy's executive vice president, Søren Gath Hansen.
The license partners will plan the appraisal drilling in detail this year and then decide a drilling timetable. MLDB
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