AED Oil has announced that drilling at the Puffin-13 appraisal well has intersected live oil columns in both of the main reservoir sands (the UK1a and the LK1a), at depths interpreted to be consistent with those of Puffin-9 and that demonstrate the lateral continuity of the oil-bearing structure.

Coring was undertaken in the UK1a sands for petrophysical analysis to assess reservoir quality. The drilling programme is being concluded and the rig will be demobilised imminently.

The results of Puffin-13 and the gas/condensate discovery in Great Auk-1 will be evaluated in the short term by East Puffin with the help of PEPRIS, SIPC’s international research centre in Beijing.

The West Atlas jack-up rig has been used in drilling the appraisal well. Water depth is 7.6m and the rotary table elevation is 37m above sea level.