Petrofac News 1700X397
01 July 2009

Don Southwest Commences Production

2 Don SW wells operational, 2 injection wells to be brought on-stream during H2 2009 further evaluation underway

Petrofac, the international oil & gas facilities service provider, is pleased to announce the commencement of production from the Don Southwest (Don SW) field in the UK North Sea. Petrofac Energy Developments is Operator of the field with a 60% interest, alongside Valiant Petroleum which has a 40% interest.

Production from the field has commenced from two production wells and follows first oil from the West Don field on 28 April. The first tanker shipment of approximately 472,000 barrels of oil from the West Don field has been delivered to a terminal in Rotterdam. The second production well and the injection well on West Don are expected to be brought on stream in the early part of the second half of 2009, with the injection wells on Don SW following in the latter part of year.

A second phase of the Don SW development is currently in the advanced stages of planning, with a further producer/injector pair planned to be drilled and brought on-stream during the second half of 2010.

During the drilling of the Area 22 injection well, the wellbore was sidetracked to an adjacent fault block, Area H, directly south of the Don SW field, to investigate the northern part of the block at low incremental cost. The sidetracked well revealed a 60 feet oil column in the Brent formation. The structure and lateral extent is currently being interpreted.

Amjad Bseisu, chief executive, Petrofac Energy Developments commented: “The commencement of production from Don SW represents another major milestone in the development of the Don area. We are now firming up our plans for a 2010 campaign for optimising Area 5/6 development and the early indications of our success in Area H gives us confidence in the prospectivity of the surrounding Areas.”