Total, an integrated oil and gas company, has announced a significant increase in the potential of the West Franklin field in the Central Graben Area of the UK North Sea, following the drilling of the West Franklin B appraisal well.

The West Franklin field is located in Blocks 29/5b and 29/4d, approximately 240km east of Aberdeen and 4km west of the Franklin wellhead platform, from where it was drilled.

Total is the operator (35.784%) and is now considering options for the next phases of development of the field, all of which will maximize synergies with existing Elgin Franklin facilities. West Franklin is currently producing 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, and is expected to produce 45,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.