North Cormorant Views
The Cormorant Field was discovered by exploration well 211/26-1 in 1972; the fifth field to be discovered in the Northern North Sea. It straddles blocks 211/21 a and 211/26a and is made up of four discrete accumulations spread along a major N-S trending fault terrace. Oil is produced from the sandstones belonging to the Brent Group. The sedimentary rocks comprising the Brent Group were deposited in a fluvial-wave dominated delta system during the Middle Jurassic. The field is developed from two fixed platforms and an underwater manifold centre and the oil is exported through the Brent system to Sullom Voe in the Shetland Islands. For development purposes the field is split in half; north and south, and it is the northern part, developed by the North Cormorant platform, that is the subject of this review.
TAQA Bratani, (the UK arm of the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC), has announced production from its first new North Sea oil well. The well was drilled from the TAQA Bratani operated North Cormorant platform and was completed safely, on time and within budget. This latest producing well is a side track from the existing CN30 well in the Brent reservoir of the Cormorant field and lies in around 530 feet of water. The well is expected to produce around 10,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day.
Leo Koot, TAQA Bratani Managing Director, said: 'This is another milestone for TAQA Bratani. In the nine short months since we purchased four operated platforms we have achieved a tremendous amount, including reactivating the dormant North Cormorant platform drilling rig to full working order and successfully drilling this significant producing well. This is a testament to the hard work of our people and our commitment to building a material business in the North Sea, driving development, creating employment and extending the field life of our producing assets.'
In December 2008 TAQA Bratani purchased 100% interest and operatorship of the following fields: Tern field; Kestrel field; Eider field; North Cormorant field; South Cormorant field; Pelican field. The company also purchased a combined 26.73% interest in the Dana operated Hudson field together with a 16% interest in the Brent System and a 24% interest in the Sullom Voe Terminal.