Nautical’s Carnaby well 28/9a-5A on the Central North Sea Block 28/9a has successfully encountered good quality oil in the Lower Tay sandstone.

The well also intersected thin hydrocarbon-bearing sands in the Tay above the main oil reservoir and water-bearing Tay sands approximately 100 feet below the oil zone.

“The Carnaby well has discovered another excellent Tay reservoir in the Catcher block which will be a valuable addition to the discoveries already made at Catcher, Varadero and Burgman,” said chief executive of Nautical Steve Jenkins.

“The quality and widespread distribution of these sands augurs well for further success and efficient oil production from current and future discoveries in this prolific block.”