Also being funded this season is exploration work, including wildcat drilling
and high-tech geological research techniques used to help identify new underground reservoirs.
Geological surveys over the Zhilyanskoye area commenced in the 1930 s with wildcat drilling
intersecting the core of the Zhilyanskoye anticline in 1940 s.
In 1983 Limex of Germany began wildcat drilling
in the field, operating as a contractor.
Canada-based Rathlin Energy has embarked upon what it describes as a "wildcat drilling operation" for oil in East Yorkshire.
Chairman of Rathlin Energy UK, David Montagu-Smith, said: "This is a high risk operation, we call this a wildcat drilling operation.
The near term focus, as noted above, will be on the Heintschel appraisal and development, however wildcat drilling
is expected to commence in the near future, with an especially active program in 2011.
In 1983 INOC started wildcat drilling
in the field, with Limex of Germany operating as a drilling contractor.
At that, this August development drilling made up 9,773 m and exploration drilling 302 m and wildcat drilling 170 m.
According to the report, "For Jan-Aug 2012 it was carried out 99,844 m of drilling works, including 94,670 m of development and 5,174 m of exploration drilling (2,150 m of wildcat drilling)."