LONDON – The Odfjell Drilling-operated semisubmersible Deepsea Yantai has spudded Dugong, Neptune Energy’s first operated exploration well in the northern Norwegian North Sea since its Duva discovery in 2016.
“A discovery in Dugong could open up new and exciting opportunities in surrounding licences, making it an important well in establishing a new core area for Neptune in Norway,” said Steinar Meland, Director of Exploration & Development in Norway.”
The prospect is 158 km (98 mi) west of the coastal town of Florø in a water depth of 330 m (1,082 ft), and close to the Snorre field production facilities. Its reservoir is at a subsurface depth of 3,250 - 3,400 m (10,663-11,155 ft).
Drilling activity will comprise a main bore: depending on results, a down-dip side track could follow.
Partners are Concedo, Petrolia NOCO, and Idemitsu Petroleum Norge.
Elsewhere in the North Sea, the semisub West Hercules will drill a wildcat and an appraisal well for Equinor west of the Fram field in license 248 C, following sanction from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.
The program should start after the rig has completed drilling exploratory well 30/5-2 for the same operator in PL 878.