NORTH Sea explorer Fairfield Energy yesterday announced the successful conclusion of a three-well drilling campaign – two exploration and one appraisal – in the Darwin area.
The group said that the Ocean Nomad rig drilled two exploration wells within Block 211/27e. It added that the rig remained on location, having discovered oil in one of the wells there.
Meanwhile, the John Shaw rig drilled an appraisal well, and has left the location having discovered oil.
The area for the three wells lies about 80 miles north-east of Shetland.
Chris Wright, Fairfield’s chief executive, said the group was “delighted with the excellent results from the Darwin drilling programme”.
The drilling campaign followed lengthy sub-surface work comprising new seismic modelling techniques that identified significant oil potential, Fairfield said.
The firm, which has its operational offices in Aberdeen, holds a 50 per cent interest in both blocks, following a 50 per cent farm-out to Abu Dhabi’s Taqa Bratani in 2012.