Premier Oil abandons North Sea well

Premier Oil said it was giving up on its 70 per cent-owned Cyclone well in the North Sea after it failed to strike oil.

Premier Oil said it was giving up on its 70 per cent-owned Cyclone well in the North Sea after it failed to strike oil.

The firm said that after drilling 6,076ft it hit 105ft of Palaeocene Cromarty sands but the well logs identified only residual oil.

"This suggests that the trap, which was identified as the critical risk factor pre-drill, leaked," Premier said.

In 2012, Premier drilled five exploration wells targeting tertiary sands in the UK Central North Sea.

This resulted in the success at Carnaby, within the greater Catcher Area, and the company said its tertiary prospect drilling in the UK would now concentrate on this area.

It plans to spud the Bonneville well in March 2013, while a higher impact exploration programme in the North Sea focusing on deeper Mesozoic plays will see drilling begin at its Luno II and Lacewing prospects in the first quarter of 2013.

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