First own-operated well in the Barents Sea
OSLO -- Drilling of Det norske’s first operated well in the Barents Sea starts on 14 January, on the Langlitinden prospect in production license 659.
The target for the well (7222/11-2) is to prove hydrocarbons in the Kobbe formation on the Bjarmeland platform.
The same structure was drilled in 2008, 6 km away. Then, a small gas column was encountered in the Snadd formation. In the Kobbe formation, two zones containing hydrocarbons were discovered; an oil column of 3 m, and an 11 m oil and gas column situated somewhat deeper.
The license was awarded in February 2012, in connection with the APA 2011 licensing round.
Seismic data have indicated several large channels in Kobbe that might possibly also function as stratigraphic traps. This structure has not been previously tested. The target is to prove hydrocarbons and good reservoir characteristics inside the channels. Although it is primarily expected to encounter gas, oil cannot be ruled out.
The well is located 165 km northwest of Hammerfest, which will serve as the helicopter and supply base during the operation.
The operation will be carried out by the semi-submersible drilling rig Transocean Barents. The rig is positioned by means of dynamic positioning, not requiring the usage of anchors. The total length of the well is 2,901 m from the seabed. The ocean depth is 338 m.
This is Det norske’s first own-operated well in the Barents Sea. Det norske is a driving force behind increased levels of activity in the High North. The activities in the Barents Sea are managed from the company’s office in Harstad.