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15/9-23

06/01/2010 Det Norske Oljeselskap ASA, operator for production licence 408, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 15/9-23. The well, which is dry, is located just south of the Sleipner Øst field in the central part of the North Sea.

The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in the reservoir rocks in the Middle Jurassic (the Hugin and Sleipner formations) and Upper Triassic (the Skagerrak formation). The well did not encounter the Hugin formation, while the Sleipner and the Skagerrak formations had reservoir development and reservoir quality as expected.

This is the first exploration well in production licence 408. The licence was awarded on 16 February 2007 (APA 2006).

The well was drilled to a total depth of 3200 metres below the sea surface and terminated in the Skagerrak formation in strata from the Upper Triassic. Water depth at the site is 84 metres.  The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Well 15/9-23 was drilled by the drilling facility Bredford Dolphin, which will now proceed to production licence 374 S in the northern North Sea to drill wildcat well 34/5-1 S, with BG Norge AS as the operator.


Press contact in the Norwegian Petroleum  Directorate:
Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel. +47 51 87 61 00



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Updated: 06/01/2010