No trace of oil at Cairn’s Lynghaug well offshore Norway

  • Exploration & Production

Cairn Energy’s Lynghaug well in the Norwegian Sea has come up dry.

Transocean Arctic rig/ Image by Marcusroos, under Public Domain license

The wildcat well formally named 6508/1-3 is located in the license 758 and was drilled by Cairn’s subsidiary Capricorn Norge. This is the first exploration well in production license 758. The license was awarded in APA 2013.

The well was drilled about 6 kilometers southeast of the Norne field and 200 kilometers northwest of Brønnøysund. The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Åre formation).

According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the well encountered about 170 meters of alternating layers of sandstone, claystone, and coal in the Åre formation, of which a total of nearly 50 meters of sandstone with very good reservoir quality.

“There are no traces of petroleum in the well, which is classified as dry,” NPD said on Wednesday.

Cairn had said that success in Lynghaug could lead to follow on exploration opportunities along the Nordland Ridge, but this has now failed to materialize.

The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 1663 meters below the sea surface and was terminated in the Åre formation in the Lower Jurassic.
Water depth at the site is 390 meters. The Lynghaug well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Cairn used the Transocean Arctic semi-submersible drilling rig for the operation. The rig will now move to drill the wildcat well 6608/11-9  -Godalen – in production license 842 in the Norwegian Sea, where Capricorn Norge AS is the operator.

According to

Offshore Energy Today Staff


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