Wessex Exploration: GM-ES-4 Shows No Hydrocarbons (French Guiana)

first_imgWessex Exploration PLC announces the conclusion of drilling activities on the GM-ES-4 well in French Guiana.The well penetrated the primary and secondary reservoir objectives before drilling operations were concluded at a total depth of 6,292m. The results of the wireline logging programme has confirmed the presence of reservoir, however no evidence of hydrocarbons is seen from the drilling or wireline log data. The well is now being plugged and abandoned.The Stena ICEMax will now drill the GM-ES-5 exploration well, which will be located on the Cingulata fan in which the Zaedyus discovery was made in 2011. The well is designed to explore deeper targets within the Cingulata fan complex as well as testing the potential downdip extension of the GM-ES-1 discovery.GM-ES-5 is the last in a four well exploration drilling campaign that commenced in mid 2012 to follow up the Zaedyus oil discovery made in 2011.Wessex owns a net 1.25 per cent interest in the offshore exploration licence ‘Guyane Maritime’ through its holding of 50 per cent of Northpet Investment Limited. Wessex is in partnership with Shell (Operator, holding 45 per cent), Tullow (27.5 per cent), Total (25 per cent) and Northern Petroleum Plc (also holding 1.25 per cent through owning the remaining 50 per cent interest in Northpet Investment Limited).Malcolm Butler, Chairman of Wessex Exploration PLC stated:“Although the GM-ES-4 well did not encounter hydrocarbons, the data from this well will now be integrated with that from the previous wells drilled by the group to assist in the interpretation of the new ‘Central Slope’ 4,300 square kilometres 3D seismic volume. The additional information will help the partnership understand and minimise the risks of new leads and prospects being developed within in the Guyane Maritime permit. I now look forward to the drilling of the GM-ES-5 well and the opportunity that it presents the Company and Shareholders.” [mappress]Press Release, July 23, 2013last_img read more

Update On Safe Standing

first_imgRight from the outset in our plans to rebuild Ashton Gate we have tried to find a way to bring safe standing to the stadium. Since we helped drive that agenda in the second half of 2013 and into 2014, we have followed with great interest the recent discussions on the subject.In August, the Liberal Democrats called for a change in the law to allow Premier League and Championship clubs to introduce safe standing. Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey stated: “The first logical step would be for safe standing products, such as rail seating, to be licensed for use by the relevant authorities. This would enable one of the 21 Football League clubs that is not currently required by law to have an all-seater stadium to install a pilot scheme at its ground.”Martin Griffiths, chairman of Bristol Sport, said: “While we understand that this is the next logical step in the campaign, it is clear Ashton Gate does not comply with the above criteria to be one of the “tester stadia”. There is nothing that we can do about that. We are required to comply with the current law to provide an all-seater stadium.“It is frustrating, but does not mean we are giving up on safe standing coming to the stadium. It does mean, however, that we will be unable to install rail seating right from the first opening of the redeveloped stadium as we need to start placing orders for all the components of both the new South and Dolman stands very shortly. We have designed these areas to facilitate a retrofit of rail seating if and when the law changes. So for now, we need to keep the stadium build programme on time, while allowing for a retrofit once we get the green light from the relevant authorities.”Bristol Sport would like to thank in particular the Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust and Bristol Rugby Supporters who have worked closely with us on this and their expertiselast_img read more