Aker BP drills duster in North Sea

  • Exploration & Production

Norwegian oil and gas player Aker BP has failed to find hydrocarbons after drilling a wildcat well in the North Sea offshore Norway.

Deepsea Stavanger; Source: BP

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said that the well 25/11-29 S was drilled on the Utsira High, about 14 kilometers south of the Grane field and 190 kilometers west of Stavanger in the central part of the North Sea.

The primary exploration target for the well was to prove oil in reservoir rocks of Early Jurassic age in the Statfjord group. The secondary exploration target was to prove oil in reservoir rocks of Paleocene age in the Heimdal formation.

The well encountered the Statfjord group with a thickness of about 100 meters, of which 65 meters is reservoir rocks with good reservoir quality. The well did not encounter the Heimdal formation. The well is classified as dry. Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out.

It is worth noting that this is the first exploration well in production license 916 which was awarded in APA 2017.

The NPA added that the well was drilled to vertical and measured depths below the sea surface of 2,233 and 2,283 meters respectively, and was terminated in the Zechstein group of Permian age. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Well 25/11-29 S was drilled by the Deepsea Stavanger drilling rig, which will now proceed to production license 777 in the central part of the North Sea to drill wildcat well 15/6-16 S, where Aker BP is the operator.


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