Dutch exploration well proved non-commercial gas

A rare Dutch wildcat completed quietly in December 2019. Gas was encountered, though not in commercial amounts.

The TAQA-operated P15-20 exploration well on the Dutch Continental Shelf (NLCS) last autumn was completed just before Christmas, TAQA confirmed in an e-mail to expronews.

The wildcat was drilled from the P15-G satellite platform, part of the larger P15 complex.

Although gas was found, production from this well proved not to be economically viable, according to a spokesperson from TAQA, therefore, they decided to abandon the well.

TAQA has no further plans for any exploration wells in the Dutch North Sea at this stage.

P15 block south-west of Amsterdam. Map: NLOG.

According to the TAQA web page, the P15 and P18 infrastructure is situated 35 km north-west of Hoek of Holland. The area holds one oil production field, the Rijn Field, and natural gas production facilities including a central complex, several satellite production platforms and subsea completions. Condensate, oil and natural gas are transported to shore by pipelines.

The P15 platform is also a hub for third party treatment and processing of oil and gas. Fifteen fields in the Dutch North Sea tie-in to P15 to separate, treat and send oil to the BP refinery in the port of Rotterdam and gas directly to the Dutch national grid.