Dry well in the southeastern Barents Sea - 7132/2-1

12/02/2019 Equinor Energy AS, operator of production licence 857, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 7132/2-1.

The well was drilled about 175 kilometres north of Vardø, in the southeastern part of the Barents Sea.

The primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Middle and Early Jurassic Age (the Stø, Nordmela, Tubåen and Fruholmen formation). The secondary exploration target was reservoir rocks from the Early Cretaceous and Late Triassic Age (upper part of the Snadd formation).

In the primary exploration target, well 7132/2-1 encountered about 15 metres of sandstone reservoir with good reservoir quality in the Støformasjonen. In the Nordmela, Tubåen and Fruholmen formation, the well encountered about 25 metres of sandstone reservoir with very good reservoir quality. The well is dry.

No reservoir rocks were encountered in the secondary exploration target in the Lower Cretaceous. In the upper part of the Snadd formation, the well encountered a water-filled sandstone reservoir totalling about 30 metres with moderate to good reservoir quality.

Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out.

This is the first exploration well in production licence 857. The licence was awarded in the 23rd licensing round in 2016. 

Well 7132/2-1 was drilled to a vertical depth of 852 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the upper part of the Snadd formation in the Late Triassic. Water depth at the site is 293 metres. The well has been permanently plugged and abandoned.

Well 7132/2-1 was drilled by the West Hercules drilling facility, which will now drill wildcat well 7132/2-2 in the same production licence.


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Updated: 27/03/2019