Go ahead on Nikaitchuq North plan; BOEM approves Eni exploration
Yesterday the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved Eni US Operating Co.'s plan for exploratory drilling into the Nikaitchuq North prospect in the federal outer continental shelf of the Beaufort Sea. The plan involves the drilling of up to two exceptionally long extended reach wells north into the federal continental shelf from an existing drill site on Spy Island in the Nikaitchuq field in state waters of the Beaufort. Depending on drilling results, Eni may drill sidetrack wells from the extended reach wells, to test the prospect.
The start of drilling of the first extended reach well is scheduled for mid-December of this year. Eni will need an approved oil spill response plan and a drilling permit from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement before drilling can commence.
- ALAN BAILEY
See story in July 16 issue, available online Friday, July 14, at www.PetroleumNews.com