Dana Petroleum starts drilling exploration well in Moray Firth

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Aberdeen-based Dana Petroleum has commenced drilling operations in the Moray Firth area of the North Sea close to the Captain field.

Dana is drilling an operated well targeting the Magnolia prospect in block 13/23a, which comprises early Cretaceous sandstones. 

Dana’s UK Managing Director Paul Griffin said: “Magnolia is a significant milestone in Dana’s UK exploration programme for 2013. It will also help us gain valuable experience working with the Ocean Nomad.”

The company is using the Ocean Nomad drilling rig, managed by Senergy, which will also be used for development drilling on the company’s $1.6bn Western Isles project later in 2013.

Matt Rothnie, wells manager at Senergy, said: “We are pleased to be involved with this exciting development, building upon our long standing relationship with Dana Petroleum."

The well is the second the company has drilled in the North Sea this year and is planned to reach total depth in four weeks. Dana’s partners are Summit Petroleum Ltd (25%), Trap Oil (10%) and Atlantic Petroleum (20%).




About Dana Petroleum plc

Dana Petroleum plc is a $4 billion oil and gas business with operations in the UK, Egypt, Norway, The Netherlands and Africa, producing 60,000 barrels of oil a day. Our ambition is to grow to become a leading international oil and gas company operating in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. We will invest more than $5 billion over the next five years to more than double the size of the company.

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