I3 ENERGY TO USE DOLPHIN DRILLING SEMI FOR APPRAISAL WELLS AT LIBERATOR WEST
I3 Energy has entered into a Rig LOI with Dolphin Drilling for a three-well appraisal and development drilling programme to be conducted in the summer of 2019. Per the terms of the Rig LOI, i3 will be utilizing either the Blackford Dolphin or Borgland Dolphin semi-submersible drilling rig to spud its first well between 1st June and 1st July 2019. i3 will first drill the A3 appraisal well in Block 13/23c (Liberator West), then drill and suspend the first Liberator Phase I production well in Block 13/23d (L2) and complete the campaign by drilling the S1 well into the Serenity prospect.
i3’s advancement of its integrated subsurface analysis now maps STOIIPs of 314 MMbbls in the Liberator field and 197 MMbbls in Serenity (using conservative assumptions on oil column thickness). As previously announced, if successful, the A3 appraisal well is expected to convert a portion of Liberator West’s resources into reserves, in addition to determining the placement of the second Phase I production well (either L4 or L1), which would be brought onstream alongside the L2 well at a potential combined rate of up to 20,000 barrels of oil per day in mid-2020. A third Phase I well is expected to be delivered in mid-2021 to maximise infrastructure utilization.
The S1 well at Serenity is intended to prove what i3 believes is a material extension of the Tain discovery, which is an unclosed oil-bearing structure immediately adjacent to the east into which there are 4 well penetrations. The A3 and S1 appraisal wells will allow the Company to optimally size the standalone FPSO facility for a potentially enlarged Phase II development which includes both the Liberator and Serenity fields. Upon the successful appraisal and development of Liberator and Serenity, i3 could potentially produce more than 200 MMbbls from its current licences.
i3 based in Westhill, Scotland, is an oil and gas development company initially focused on the North Sea. The Company’s core asset is the Greater Liberator Area, located in Blocks 13/23d and 13/23c, containing 11 MMBO of 2P Reserves, 22 MMBO of 2C Contingent Resources and 47 MMBO of mid-case Prospective Resources. The Greater Liberator Area consists of the Liberator oil field discovered by well 13/23d-8 and the Liberator West extension, both of which i3 hold a 100% working interest in. (Source: I3 Energy – Image: Blackford Dolphin in Fair Isle Channel, Scotland/Ronnie Robertson)