Total’s Glendronach discovery is the 5th largest conventional discovery on the UK Continental Shelf since the turn of the millennium. It provides further validation for the exploration potential in the emerging West of Shetlands plays, with recoverable reserves estimated at 1 trillion cubic feet of gas. This discovery follows a decade of poor exploration results on the UKCS, with the last non-fractured basement discovery exceeding the 100 mmboe mark being Culzean in 2008. The Glendronach discovery well encountered 42 m of net pay in Lower Cretaceous reservoir. Initial indications point toward high reservoir quality, permeability and production deliverability. Following Glendronach’s success Total plans further exploration activity in the vicinity. Total and its partners, SSE and Ineos aim to develop Glendronach using the existing Edradour and Laggan-Tormore facilities and plan to bring the field on-stream by 2020.
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