Lundin bites dust in Barents Sea well

Lundin Norway has completed drilling of exploration well 7220/6-3 on the Børselv prospect in PL609 on the Loppa High in the southern Barents Sea. The well was dry.

The well was drilled approx. 20 kilometers north of the oil and gas discovery 7220/6-2 R (Neiden), 30 kilometers northeast of Johan Castberg and approx. 250 kilometers northwest of Hammerfest, according to Norway’s petroleum regulator, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).

Lundin said on Thursday that the main objective of the well was to test the reservoir properties and hydrocarbon potential of Permian-Carboniferous carbonate reservoirs.

According to the company, the well encountered a 380 meters thick sequence of carbonates with medium to poor reservoir quality. Oil shows were found, but the reservoir was water bearing.

Extensive data acquisition was carried out in the reservoir, including conventional coring.

The well was drilled with the semi-submersible drilling rig Leiv Eiriksson to a total depth of 1,275 meters below mean sea level and in a water depth of 450 meters. Lundin gained consent to use this rig for the Børselv prospect well and a drilling permit for the well back in late June.

The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. The oil company added that the drilling rig would now proceed to drill the Hufsa prospect in PL533.

Lundin Norway is the operator of PL609 with a 40 percent working interest. The partners are DEA Norge and Idemitsu Petroleum Norge with 30 percent working interest each.

Offshore Energy Today Staff