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04/06/2013 Lundin Norway AS, operator of production licence 501, is in the process of completing the drilling of appraisal well 16/2-21.
The 16/2-6 Johan Sverdrup oil discovery was proven by Lundin in the autumn of 2010 in reservoir rock from the Middle and Upper Jurassic. Well 16/2-21 was drilled about 3 kilometres east of well 16/2-15 and 2.5 kilometres west of well 16/2-7.
The purpose of appraisal well 16/2-21 was to study reservoir units, thickness and characteristics in Jurassic rock, as well as the oil column, depth to the reservoir, clarify oil/water contact and obtain information to mature the drainage strategy in this part of the discovery. The reservoir was found to be as expected, while the reservoir thickness of about 30 metres was a bit thinner than expected. The oil/water contact was encountered at 1922 metres below sea level. The well encountered an oil column of about 12 metres with very good reservoir quality, as expected.
Comprehensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. This is the thirteenth appraisal well in production licence 501. The licence was awarded in APA 2008.
Appraisal well 16/2-21 was drilled to a vertical depth of 2045 metres below sea level and was terminated in the Upper Triassic. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned. Water depth at the site is 112 metres.
The well was drilled by the drilling facility Bredford Dolphin, which will now proceed the drilling of appraisal well 16/3-6 in production licence 501 in the eastern part of 16/2-6 Johan Sverdrup, where Lundin Norway AS is the operator.
Contact in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel. +47 51 87 61 00