SANDNES, Norway -- The semisubmersible drilling rig Polar Pioneer is to P&A Eni Norge’s latest exploration well in the Barents Sea, drilled 50 km (31 mi) west of the Goliat field and 115 km (71 mi) northwest of Hammerfest.
Well 7120/12-5, in license PL 489, targeting hydrocarbons in Jurassic and Triassic reservoirs, encountered good quality reservoir rocks in the Stø and Snadd formations, with traces of hydrocarbons, but no movable hydrocarbons.
This was the first well drilled on the license, which had been awarded in 2008. It was drilled to a vertical depth of 3,605 m (11,827 ft) below sea level and terminated 60 m (197 ft) into the Kobbe formation. Water depth is 187 m (614 ft).
ThePolar Pioneer will relocate to PL 488 in the Barents Sea to drill exploration well 7119/12-4 for Statoil.