25/08/2008 Press release 46/2008: StatoilHydro Petroleum AS, operator for production licence 218, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 6706/12-1. The well is located just west of the 6707/10-1 Luva gas discovery in the Norwegian Sea and approximately 290 kilometres west of Sandnessjøen.
The purpose of the well was to prove petroleum in reservoir strata from the Late Cretaceous. The well was drilled in the Snefrid South prospect.
The well proved gas in Late Cretaceous sandstone in the Nise formation. The well proved a 70 metre gas column with good reservoir properties. The discovery is estimated to contain approximately 4 billion Sm3 of gas and development will be assessed along with the Luva discovery.
The well was not formation tested, but comprehensive data collection and sampling was carried out.
The well is the second wildcat well in production licence 218. The license was awarded in the 15th licensing round in 1996.
The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 3925 metres below the surface of the sea and was terminated in the Nise formation in Late Cretaceous strata.
The sea depth was 1265 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.
The well was drilled using the drilling facility Transocean Leader, which will now drill wildcat well 6707/10-2S on a prospect called Haklang in the same production licence.
The licensees in production licence 218 (See NPD's fact-pages)
Contact in the NPD:
Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel. +47 51876100