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14/03/2007 Press release 11/2007: Statoil as operator of production licence 339 has terminated drilling of wildcat well 16/4-4.  This is the first wildcat well in production licence 339 encompassing the southern part of block 16/4.  The licence was awarded in the APA 2004.

The object for the well was a sandstone prospect of the Tertiary Period named Biotitt.  The prospect was situated some 20km north-east of the Sleipner field in the central part of the North Sea. 

Wildcat well 16/4-4 was drilled to a total depth of 2360 metres in rock types of the Cretaceous Period.  A small gas/condensate discovery was made in the Heimdal formation of the Tertiary Period.  The well has now been plugged permanently and abandoned.

The licensees to the production licence will consider a production of the find towards the Sleipner field.

Drilling operations were performed by the drilling rig West Epsilon, which will now continue well drilling on 15/6-9 in production licence 303.

Licensees to production licence 339 are:

Statoil ASA: 70 %
ExxonMobil: 30 %



Contact in the NPD:

Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel. +47 51 87 61 00.

Updated: 12/01/2010