04/08/2016 Eni Norge AS, operator of production licence 226, is in the process of completing the drilling of wildcat well 7222/1-1. The well is dry.

The well was drilled about 80 kilometres northeast of the Johan Castberg oil field and about 250 kilometres north of Hammerfest.

The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Middle Triassic (Kobbe formation) and Permian (Ørn formation) reservoir rocks. Secondary targets were Late Triassic (Snadd formation) and Permian (Røye formation) reservoir rocks.

The well encountered 22 metres of poor quality sandstone reservoir with traces of gas in the Kobbe formation. The well was terminated before it reached the Ørn formation. Two aquiferous sandstone reservoirs (Carn and Ladin) were encountered in the Snadd formation, 56 and 18 metres, respectively. They both had moderate reservoir quality. An 18-metre aquiferous carbonate reservoir with poor reservoir quality was encountered in the Røye formation.

Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out.

This is the first wildcat well in production licence 226, which was awarded on 30 May 1997 in the Barents Sea project.

Well 7222/1-1 was drilled to a vertical depth of 2366 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the Røye formation from the Permian Age.

Water depth is 424 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

The well was drilled by the Scarabeo 8 drilling facility.


Contact in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel. +47 51 87 61 00



Updated: 04/08/2016