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Statoil reveals non-commercial results for Norne wildcat well

STAVANGER -- Statoil Petroleum, operator of production licence 385, is in the process of concluding the drilling of wildcat well 6607/12-3. The well was drilled about 15 km northwest of the Norne field. The purpose of the well was to prove petroleum in Middle to Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks in the Fangst and Bat group.

The well encountered gas in the Fangst and Bat group. The reservoir quality was poorer than expected. In addition, gas was encountered in a thin sandstone with uncertain reservoir development in the Cretaceous, in the Cromer Knoll group.

Preliminary estimates indicate that the discovery is not commercial. However, evaluation and analyses will be carried out to clarify the resource potential of the discovery. The well was not formation tested, but extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out.

This is the first exploration well in production licence 385. The licence was awarded in APA 2005. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 4288 m below the sea surface and was terminated in the Are formation from the Early Jurassic Age. Water depth at the site is 363 m. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Well 6607/12-3 was drilled by the West Alpha drilling facility, which will now proceed to production licence 386 in the Norwegian Sea to drill wildcat well 6610/10-1, where Statoil is also the operator.



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