Providence Resources (LON:PVR), the Irish oil and gas exploration and production company, has completed drilling operations on its new X11 development well, which forms part of its multi-well 2010 drilling programme at the Singleton field in West Sussex, onshore UK. The second part of the programme, the drilling of the X8x multi-lateral wells, are now set to get underway. The aim of the programme is to increase production levels at Singleton by around 40% in the short term, with production doubling to 1,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day over the next two years.

The X11 horizontal development well was drilled as a sidetrack to the previous X9 production well and targeted potential un-swept reserves in the northern fault block of the Singleton field. The well was drilled to a total measured depth of 9,338 MDBRT (Measured Depth Below Rotary Table) and petrophysical analysis of down-hole log data indicates that the well has encountered 2,081 ft of gross hydrocarbon bearing interval with 1,784 ft of net pay. Both reservoir quality and hydrocarbon saturation within the pay zone exceeded pre-drill expectations.

The well is currently being completed for production and the rig will then be moved to the X8x well where two new lateral sections are planned to be drilled from the existing production well. Once drilling operations have been completed, both wells will be brought into production. The Singleton field is located in the Weald Basin in the south of England and is operated by Providence (99.125%) with partner Noble Energy (0.8725%).

John O’Sullivan, Providence’s technical director, said: “The drilling phase of the X11 development well has exceeded our expectations both in terms of operational execution as well as geological outcome. We have managed to drill more reservoir section than was originally planned whilst still being below our budgeted figure for this well. It's a great result for Providence and demonstrates our application of best practice in implementing the X11 programme. The down-hole log data look excellent and bode well for the production potential from this sector of the field. Once the well has been completed our attention will switch to the X8x multi-lateral drilling programme, which has been designed to assess the reserve potential of the north-west flank of the Singleton field where we believe there may be significant upside.”

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