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The Bacchus Field, discovered in 2004, is a small borderline high-pressure–high-temperature (HPHT) oil field 6.8 km east of the Forties Alpha Platform. The reservoir is Fulmar Sandstone with a rotated fault-block trap. The reservoir is typically thin (10–50 m) and difficult to image seismically. Compartmentalization was anticipated due to significant in-field faulting. The Bacchus development decision was made when considerable geological uncertainty remained.

The key risk-mitigation strategies employed during the development of Bacchus were to drill long horizontal wells, contacting multiple reservoir compartments, while maintaining a flexible development plan. The ability to react to unexpected results was facilitated by...

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