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13/01/2009 Press release 4/2009:StatoilHydro Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 296, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 2/5-13, 25 kilometres north-east of the Ekofisk field in the North Sea. The well was dry.

The purpose of the well was to prove petroleum in Late Jurassic rocks. As projected, the well encountered rocks of medium thickness and satisfactory quality. The well did not prove mobile petroleum, and it will be classified as a dry well.

A standard logging and sampling program was carried out. The well has provided valuable information about the area, and the well data will be evaluated in order to map further resource potential in production licences 296 and 355.

The well was the first to be drilled in production licence 296, which was awarded in the Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) in 2003. The well was a commitment well in the production licence, but was drilled as a joint well with cost sharing with production licence 355.

The wildcat well had high pressure and high temperature. It was drilled to a vertical depth of 4626 metres below the sea surface, and was concluded in rocks presumed to be from the Early Jurassic Age.

Well 2/5-13 was drilled in 65 metres of water by the jack-up drilling facility West Epsilon. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned. The facility will proceed to production licence 265 in the North Sea to drill wildcat well 16/2-5, operated by StatoilHydro ASA.

Licensees in production licence 296 and 355 (see NPD's fact pages)




Press contact in the NPD
Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel. +47 51 87 61 00


Updated: 04/09/2009