GDF Suez announces gas discovery on UK continental shelf
The 47/14b-10 Juliet well is located to the south of the Amethyst gas field, about 40km due east of the Humber Estuary. Drilled using the Noble Piet van Eide rig to a total depth of 9,502 ft, the well has flowed at rates of up to 38 million standard cubic feet per day. Rene Montaz-Rosset, GDF Suez E&P UK's managing director, said: "This discovery, which is in a new area for GDF Suez, represents a continuation of our high success rate for exploration drilling in the southern North Sea. Since 2001, we have operated or participated in 11 wells with a 91% commercial success rate. "The forward plan for Juliet is to evaluate the development options during the first half of 2009 with the possibility of first gas in late 2010 or early 2011."