Siccar Point Energy has commenced its 2019 drilling campaign with the spudding of an exploration well at the Blackrock prospect, off the UK.
The campaign, using Diamond Offshore’s Ocean GreatWhite semi-submersible rig, is expected to take around five months and also includes the Lyon exploration prospect North of Shetland.
Located 140 km north-west of Shetland, the Blackrock licence is located directly between the Rosebank and Cambo oil fields. Siccar Point acquired its operated interest in the P.1830 licence in 2017 by acquiring OMV UK Limited. Shell UK Limited joined the current Blackrock licence holders, Siccar Point and Suncor Energy UK Limited, last year in a deal with Siccar Point which included a 30 per cent non-operated interest in Cambo.
The Blackrock prospect targets multiple reservoirs similar to those underlying the neighbouring Rosebank field. If successful, it will add substantial resources as well as de-risk a portfolio of other exploration prospects in the region.
Jonathan Roger, CEO of Siccar Point said: “Blackrock is a very important prospect within our Corona Ridge acreage and we are pleased to have progressed to the exploration drilling stage. We have a very exciting 2019 in front of us with two material exploration wells to drill and progressing the Cambo development forward to project sanction.”