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14/10/2011 GDF Suez E&P Norge AS, operator of production licence 530, has completed drilling of wildcat well 7124/4-1 S. The well is dry.
The well was drilled about 105 kilometres north of Hammerfest and about 70 kilometres northeast of the Goliat field in the Barents Sea.
The primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in Jurassic and Triassic reservoir rocks (Realgrunnen subgroup and Snadd formation).
The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in the Middle and Lower Triassic (Kobbe, Klappmyss and Havert formations).
The well encountered reservoir rocks with good reservoir quality in the Realgrunnen subgroup. In the secondary exploration targets, reservoir rocks of satisfactory reservoir quality were encountered.
Data acquisition has been carried out.
This is the first exploration well in production licence 530. The licence was awarded in the 20th licensing round on the Norwegian shelf in 2009.
The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 2690 metres below the sea surface, and was terminated 200 metres into the Havert formation in the Lower Triassic. The water depth is 303 metres. The well has now been permanently plugged and abandoned.
Well 7124/4-1 S was drilled by the Aker Barents drilling facility, which will proceed to production licence 518 in the Barents Sea to drill production well 7121/9-1 where Dong E&P Norge AS is the operator.
Contact in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel. +47 51 87 61 00