Total announces a new North Sea discovery

Source: press release, 29 January 2019

First gas from the Culzean Field is expected in summer 2019 and the field is projected to deliver up to 5% of the total UK gas consumption when production is at plateau in 2020
First gas from the Culzean Field is expected in summer 2019 and the field is projected to deliver up to 5% of the total UK gas consumption when production is at plateau in 2020 (photo: Total)

Following Glendronach in September 2018, Total has announced a new significant discovery in the North Sea offshore UK, on the Glengorm prospect located in the Central Graben.

The well was drilled to a final depth of 5,056 metres and encountered 37 metres net gas and condensate pay in a high quality Upper Jurassic reservoir with excellent properties.

Recoverable resources are estimated close to 250 million barrels of oil equivalent. Further drilling and testing will be carried out to appraise resources and the productivity of the reservoir.

“Following the recent Glendronach discovery, West of Shetland in the UK, Glengorm is another great success for Total in the North Sea, with results at the top end of expectations and a high condensate yield in addition to the gas,” states Kevin McLachlan, Senior Vice President Exploration at Total. “Our strong position in the region will enable us to leverage existing infrastructures nearby and optimise the development of this discovery. Glengorm is an achievement that demonstrates our capacity to create value in a mature environment thanks to our in-depth understanding of the basin.”

The discovery is located on the P2215 license, which was previously part of the Maersk Oil portfolio, in water depth of about 80 metres, close to existing infrastructures operated by Total and offering tie-back possibilities, such as the Elgin-Franklin platform and the Culzean project, scheduled to start production this year. It also presents some upside potential with several other prospects already identified on the same block.

Total holds a 25% working interest in the Glengorm discovery, alongside CNOOC Petroleum Europe Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited (50%, operator) and Euroil, a wholly owned subsidiary of Edison E&P SpA (25%).