Dry well at Mandal High in the southern North Sea – 2/9-6 S
MOL Norge AS, operator of production licence 617, is concluding the drilling of wildcat well 2/9-6 S.
The well was drilled on the west side of the Mandal High, about 9 kilometres north of the Norwegian-Danish border and 280 kilometres southwest of Stavanger.
The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Mandal Formation).
The well encountered a sandstone layer with clay stone elements, about 250 metres thick, in the Mandal Formation. Approximately 140 metres of this was reservoir rocks with poor to moderate reservoir properties.
Traces of petroleum were registered in the upper part of the reservoir. The well is classified as dry.
Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out.
This is the first exploration well in production licence 617. The licence was awarded in APA 2011.
Well 2/9-6 S was drilled to respective vertical and measured depths of 4,250 and 4,274 metres below sea level, and the well was terminated in the Farsund Formation in the Upper Jurassic.
Water depth at the site is 70 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.
Well 2/9-6 S was drilled by the Maersk Integrator drilling facility, which will now drill production wells on the Tambar field in production licence 065 in the southern North Sea, where Aker BP ASA is the operator.
There are vast proven gas resources on the Norwegian shelf which are currently without development plans. Much of this gas is located in tight reservoirs – which makes it difficult to produce.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has conducted a mapping of gas resources that, for various reasons, have yet to be developed. Several of these discoveries could be produced in a manner that is profitable from a socio-economic perspective.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Harbour Energy Norge AS drilling permit for well 15/9-25 in production licence 1138, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is changing its name to the Norwegian Offshore Directorate as of 1 January 2024. The new name reflects the additional responsibilities assigned to the directorate in recent years.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor Energy ASA drilling permit for well 35/11-28 S in production licence 248 C, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Neptune Energy Norge AS drilling permit for well 35/6-4 A in production licence 929, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.