Norway: Dry well for Aker BP in North Sea

  • Exploration & Production

Norway’s Aker BP A has completed the drilling of wildcat well 15/6-15 in the North Sea, offshore Norway, without hitting hydrocarbons.

Deepsea Stavanger; Source: PSA

The well was drilled about 15 kilometers north-east of the Gina Krog field and 225 kilometers west of Stavanger. The well is dry, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Tuesday.

The primary exploration target for well 15/6-15 was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Middle Jurassic Age (the Hugin and Sleipner formation). The secondary exploration target was to examine reservoir rocks from the Triassic Age (the Skagerrak formation).

The well, drilled by the Deepsea Stavanger drilling rig, encountered the Sleipner formation with a thickness of about 125 meters, of which 40 meters were reservoir rocks of good to moderate reservoir quality. The Skagerrak formation was encountered with a thickness of about 140 meters, of which 15 meters were reservoir rocks with poor reservoir quality. The well is characterized as dry.

This is the first exploration well in production license 814, which was awarded in APA 2015.

The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 3761 meters below the sea surface and was terminated in the Skagerrak formation.

Water depth at the site is 109 meters. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

The Deepsea Stavanger rig will now proceed to production license 777 in the central part of the North Sea to continue drilling wildcat well 15/6-16 S, where Aker BP is the operator.

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