Lundin hits oil in Neiden prospect in Barents Sea
Lundin Petroleum’s Norwegian subsidiary Lundin Norway has completed the Neiden exploration well 7220/6-2R off Norway as an oil and gas discovery.
The well is located in PL609 approximately 60 km northeast of the Alta discovery on the Loppa High in the southern Barents Sea. The main objectives of the well were to prove oil in Triassic sandstone and Permian carbonate reservoirs.
The oil company got a drilling permit for the well from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate at the end of July this year and a consent from the offshore safety authority to use the Leiv Eiriksson rig for exploration drilling on the Neiden prospect in September.
According to Lundin, the well encountered a gross 31 meters hydrocarbon column, with 21 meters of oil and 10 meters gas in the Permian target. The total gross resource estimate for the Neiden discovery is between 25 and 60 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMboe).
Extensive data acquisition and sampling was carried out including coring, logging and light oil and gas sampled from the wireline tools. The well demonstrates high quality karstified carbonate reservoir which reduces the risk of the Børselv prospect, located 15 km north and up dip from the Neiden discovery in PL609. The Børselv prospect is a candidate for drilling in 2017.
The semi-submersible drilling rig Leiv Eiriksson, owned by Ocean Rig, will now move to the Filicudi prospect in PL533 to the northwest of the Alta discovery and south of the Statoil-operated Johan Castberg discovery. The Filicudi prospect is expected to contain Jurassic sandstone reservoir analogous to the Johan Castberg discovery. The Filicudi prospect is estimated to contain gross unrisked prospective resources of 258 MMboe.
Lundin Norway is the operator of both PL609 and PL533 and holds a 40 percent and 35 percent working interest in these respective licences.