Repsol bites dust at wildcat near Yme field

Repsol Norge, a subsidiary of the Spanish oil firm Repsol, has failed to find hydrocarbons at its exploration well 9/2-12, located six kilometers northeast of the Yme field center in the North Sea, offshore Norway.

According to the Norwegian petroleum Directorate, the objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Sandnes formation).

NPD on Tuesday said that Repsol Norge’s well 9/2-12 (with the prospect named Kathryn) encountered about 130 meters of reservoir rocks in the Sandnes formation, of which about 50 meters of sandstone with poor to moderate quality. The well is dry, without traces of petroleum, NPD said.

This is the first exploration well in production license 910. The license was awarded in APA 2017.

The well 9/2-12 was drilled to a vertical depth of 3121 meters below the sea surface, and it was terminated in the Bryne formation in the Middle Jurassic.

The water depth at the site is 99 meters. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. Repsol drilled the well 9/2-12 using Saipem’s Scarabeo 8 semi-submersible drilling rig. The rig is now headed for a stay at the shipyard.

Repsol is the operator of the production license with an ownership interest of 61.111 percent. Other licensees are Lotos (22.222 percent) and OKEA (16.667 percent).

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