05/03/2010 Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Norway AS), operator of production licence 359, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 16/4-5. The well was drilled about 40 kilometres northeast of the Sleipner fields and 8-10 kilometres south of the 16/1-8 and 16/1-12 oil discoveries.
The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Lower Cretaceous/Jurassic, south of the 16/1-12 discovery.
In the projected reservoir level, the well encountered sedimentary rocks without reservoir quality over jointed granite bedrock. The bedrock contained a large percentage of cemented joints. Traces of oil were proved where the joints were open.
Comprehensive data acquisition and sampling has been carried out.
The well is the first exploration well in production licence 359. The license was awarded in APA 2005.
The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 1994 metres below the surface of the sea and was terminated in granite bedrock.
The water depth at the site is 104 metres. The well has been plugged and abandoned.
Well 16/4-5 was drilled with the semi-submersible drilling facility Transocean Winner, which will now proceed to production licence 316 DS in the North Sea to drill wildcat well 9/2-11, where Talisman Energy Norge AS is the operator.