15/03/2013 Lundin Norway AS, operator of production licence 338, has completed drilling of wildcat well 16/1-17. The well is dry.

The well was drilled about 5 km east of 16/1-8, the discovery well on the Edvard Grieg field.

The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Pre-Jurassic sandstone and conglomerate rocks.

Based on the acquisition of liquid samples, mobile oil has been proven in a dense reservoir section, which consists of conglomerated and coarse-grained sandstone.

Core samples have been taken of the entire dense reservoir section. The cores show oil, which corresponds to increased gas readings on the logs. It is not possible to establish an oil gradient. The well is classified as dry.

The well was drilled into fractured basement, where the water pressure indicates a pressure regime analogous to the Edvard Grieg field and the 16/1-12 discovery.

Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. This is the eighth exploration well in production licence 338. The licence was awarded in APA 2004.

The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 2044 metres below the sea surface, and was terminated in basement.

Water depth at the site is 110 metres. The well has been permanently plugged and abandoned.

Well 16/1-17 was drilled by the Transocean Winner drilling facility, which will now proceed to production licence PL 036 D, where Marathon Oil Norge AS is the operator.

Contact in the NPD
Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel.+ 47 51 87 61 00


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Updated: 15/03/2013