10/04/2013 Repsol Exploration Norge AS, operator of production licence 531, is about to complete drilling of wildcat well 7218/11-1.
The well was drilled about 230 kilometres northwest of Hammerfest and 80 kilometres southwest of the 7220/8-1 (Skrugard) discovery in the western part of the Barents Sea.
The primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in the Upper Cretaceous (Kveite formation). The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in the Paleocene (Torsk formation). Reservoir development was not proven in the Kveite formation, and thin, dense sandstone layers were proven in the Torsk formation, as well as traces of gas. The well is classified as dry.
Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. This is the first exploration well in production licence 531. The licence was awarded in the 20th licensing round in 2009.
The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 2500 metres below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Kolmule formation in the Lower Cretaceous.
Water depth is 325 metres. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned.
Well 7218/11-1 was drilled by the Transocean Barents drilling facility, which will now proceed to production licence 255, where it will drill wildcat well 6406/9-3 where A/S Norske Shell is the operator.
Contact in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel. +47 51 87 61 00