Noreco drills dry well north of Norne field


Noreco drills dry well north of Norne field

STAVANGER, Norway -- Noreco Norway AS, operator of production license 484, has completed drilling of wildcat well 6608/10-16. The well is dry. The well was drilled about 15 km north of the Norne field in the Norwegian Sea, and about 210 km west of Sandnessjøen.

The primary exploration target for the well was proving petroleum in Middle and Early Jurassic reservoir rocks (Fangst and Båt groups). The secondary exploration target was proving petroleum in Early Cretaceous reservoir rocks (Lange formation).

Reservoir rocks were encountered in the Fangst and Båt groups and in the Lange formation, but with poorer reservoir properties than anticipated. The well only proved traces of petroleum in the Lange formation and Båt group, and has been classified as dry. Data acquisition and sampling have been carried out.

This is the first exploration well in production license 484. The license was awarded in APA 2007.

The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 4,000 m below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Åre formation in the Early Jurassic. Water depth is 371 m. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Well 6608/10-16 was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility, which will now proceed to production license 359 in the North Sea to drill appraisal well 16/4-8 S, where Lundin Norway AS is the operator.

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