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30/04/2009 Press Release 23/2009: StatoilHydro Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 052, has concluded drilling of the combined wildcat and appraisal well 30/3-10 S on the 30/3-9 discovery in the North Sea. The results were disappointing.
In 2000, wildcat well 30/3-9 proved gas/condensate in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (Brent Group). The discovery is located a couple of kilometres south of the Huldra field and 10 kilometres west of the Veslefrikk field.
The primary objective for this well was to delineate the discovery. The secondary exploration target was Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks (Statfjord Formation).
Gas/condensate was proven in the Brent Group, but the reservoir is thinner than expected and is most likely not commercial. Data collected from the secondary target in the Statfjord Formation shows that the reservoir is tight and probably filled with water.
The well was not formation-tested, but data collection and sampling were carried out. The well will be plugged and abandoned.
This is the 13th exploration well in production licence 052. Well 30/3-10 S was drilled to a vertical depth of 3962 metres below the sea surface, and was concluded in the Statfjord Formation in the Lower Jurassic. The water depth at the site is 122 metres.
Well 30/3-10 S was drilled by the West Alpha drilling facility, which will proceed to production licence 348 in the Norwegian Sea to drill wildcat well 6407/8-5 S where StatoilHydro Petroleum AS is operator.
Licensees in production licence 052
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Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel. +47 51 87 61 00