02/07/2012 Faroe Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 440 S, is about to complete the drilling of wildcat well 2/8-18 S. The drilling took place ten kilometres north of the Valhall field in the southern part of the North Sea.
The primary target was to prove petroleum in Late Cretaceous chalk rocks (Shetland group).
The well encountered reservoir rocks as expected in the Shetland group. The reservoir rocks were poorer than expected. The well is dry. Data acquisition and sampling have been carried out.
The well is the first exploration well in production licence 440 S. The licence was awarded in APA 2006. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 2619 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the Hidra formation in Upper Cretaceous. Water depth is 69 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.
Well 2/8-18 S was drilled by the Maersk Guardian drilling facility which will now proceed to production licence 356 in the southern part of the North Sea to drill wildcat well 3/4-2 S where Det norske oljeselskap ASA is the operator.
Contact in the NPD
Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel.+ 47 51 87 61 00