BRISTOL, UK – Wessex Exploration and partner Norwest are considering shallow-water seismic acquisition over a license offshore southern England.

The companies were awarded the P1928 “Promote” license earlier this year, under Britain’s 26th offshore bid round. Norwest operates with a 65% interest, the remainder held by Wessex.

It can be extended beyond the initial two-year term if changed to a traditional format, which would involve drilling at least one exploratory well.

P1928, near the Hampshire coast, contains the Steelhead and Beluga leads. Both could have the ability to entrap secondary migrating oil from the eastern end of the Perenco-operated Wytch Farm oil field.

The partners are looking into the availability of a shallow-water seismic crew to acquire data to de-risk Steelhead’s structural aspects.