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19/07/2012 Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 318, is about to complete drilling of wildcat well 35/2-3. The well, which was drilled about ten kilometres southeast of the 35/2-1 ”Peon” gas discovery, is dry.
The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Paleocene reservoir rocks in the Balder and Sele formations.
The well encountered the Balder formation with reservoir rocks and reservoir quality as expected, but the well was dry. The Sele formation was not encountered.
The well is the second exploration well in production licence 318. The licence was awarded in the 18th licensing round.
The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 1606 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the Shetland group in the Upper Cretaceous.
Water depth at the site is 351 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.
Well 35/2-3 was drilled by the Scarabeo 8 drilling facility which will now proceed to the Barents Sea to drill for ENI Norge AS.
Contact in the NPD
Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel.+ 47 51 87 61 00