Lundin drills duster in North Sea. Final Lundin gig for Island Innovator rig

  • Exploration & Production

Lundin Petroleum is in the process of concluding the drilling of wildcat well 16/4-10, on the Fosen prospect, offshore Norway. The well is dry.

The company started drilling the exploration well in January 2016.

The well 16/4-10 was drilled by the Island Innovator semi-submersible drilling rig.

According to Lundin, this was the final well in Lundin Norway’s contract with the Island Innovator.

To remind, the rig started its contract with Lundin in 2013 under a 12 well drilling contract that was expected to provide Island Innovator with a minimum of two years of drilling operations.

Engineering company Semco Maritime recently announced it would be in charge of refurbishing and servicing the rig once it arrives at the yard in March, from Lundin’s assignment. After that, the rig will be docked and operational at Hanøytangen until its next contract starts.

The well was drilled about 10 kilometres southwest of the 16/4-6 S (Luno II) oil discovery in the central part of the North Sea, 220 kilometres west of Stavanger.

According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), the objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Ula formation).

The agency said that the well encountered about 160 metres of aquiferous sandstones in the Upper Jurassic to Middle Triassic, around 90 metres of which with good reservoir quality, mainly in the Sleipner formation in the Middle Jurassic.

The NPD added that the well also encountered 75 metres of reservoir rocks with very good reservoir quality in the Ty formation in the Paleocene. There are traces of petroleum in the Sleipner formation. The well is classified as dry.

Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. This is the second exploration well in production licence 544, which was awarded in APA 2009.

Well 16/4-10 was drilled to a vertical depth of 2638 metres below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Smith Bank formation in the Lower Triassic.

Water depth at the site is 95 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Lundin Norway is the operator of PL544 with a 40 percent working interest. Partners are Lime Petroleum Norway AS with a 30 percent working interest, and Wellesley Petroleum AS with a 30 percent working interest.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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