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The end of the appraisal stage of the Alba field has opened the way for the first development of a middle Eocene reservoir in the North Sea.

The Alba field is located in the Witch Ground graben between the Fladen Ground spur to the north and the Renee ridge to the south, entirely in UKCS (U.K. continental shelf) Block 16/26. In 1984, oil was discovered in a sand within the middle Eocene Alba Formation at a depth of 6100 ft (1860 m) subsea. Seventeen subsequent wells, including sidetracks, have been drilled to appraise the discovery. This drilling indicates that...

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