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Apache North Sea project achieves first oil months ahead of target

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Apache Corporation has achieved first oil from its Garten development in the UK North Sea, less than eight months after the discovery well was drilled in March.

Apache corporation have successfully achieved first oil ahead of target in the Garten region, near the Beryl Alpha platform
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The success is well ahead of schedule, first oil not originally targeted until the first quarter of 2019. Apache have attributed this to the use of existing infrastructure, facilities and experienced workers in the area. 

The well is located in the Block 9/18a Area-W, around 180 miles northeast of Aberdeen and is tied to Apache’s Beryl Alpha platform.

John Graham, region V.P., North Sea commented “The Garten project is an excellent example of Apache’s strategy in the North Sea to focus exploration activity near operated facilities and leverage existing infrastructure. The pace of this project would not have been possible without the skills and expertise we have within our team and close collaboration with companies in our supply chain.”

The project was the 2,500th exploration well on the UK Continental Shelf, with Apache committed to unlocking more resources in the area. 

“Apache’s continued success reinforces the tremendous potential of the UKCS, which Apache is unlocking using advanced data gathering and analytics with excellent application of a number of technologies including 3D seismic to uncover high value near-field prospectivity,” said Dr. Andy Samuel, chief executive of the Oil and Gas Authority. 

The Garten development in the Beryl field is one of a number by Apache, allowing them to utilise existing infrastructure and experienced workers to achieve first oil ahead of target
(The Garten development is located in the Beryl Field - image via Apache Corporation)

The discovery well encountered a downthrown structural closure with 778 feet of net oil pay in stacked, high-quality, Jurassic-aged sandstone reservoirs. Two lower zones were also successfully tested and all three zones will ultimately be commingled to maximise recovery. 

The recoverable resource is expected to exceed 10 million barrels of light oil plus associated natural gas.

The well is currently producing at 16.3 thousands barrels of oil equivalent per day, 84% oil.

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