Hurricane Energy PLC (LON:HUR) is beginning drill stem testing on the Warwick West well, located in the UK’s West of Shetland continental shelf.
Drill stem tests are a key phase of exploration programmes to find out whether a well has found a commercial hydrocarbon reservoir.
Warwick West is the third and final well of the drilling programme on the Lincoln and Warwick projects, where Hurricane has a 50% interest following a farm-in with Spirit Energy last year.
Results so far have been mixed. Warwick Deep, the first well, encountered a 712m fractured basin section but did not flow at commercial rates though Lincoln Cristal, the second hole, produced 9,800 barrels a day with a pump.
“The company will provide an update on initial results of the well, including flow rates and oil type, following completion of the testing phase,” Hurricane said in a release.