OSLO, Norway – Premier Oil Norge’s wildcat well on the Gardrofa prospect offshore Norway was a dry hole.
The Bredford Dolphin drilled well 9/1-1 S in 87 m (285 ft) water depth on production licence 406, 30 km (18.6 mi) south of the Bream oil discovery in the southern Norwegian North Sea.
According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, Premier hoped to prove petroleum in Mid-Jurassic reservoir rocks in the Bryne formation.
This was the well on the license, which was awarded under Norway’s APA 2006 licensing round.
Bredford Dolphin now heads to PL 501 in the central Norwegian North Sea to drill delineation well 16/5-2 for Lundin Norway.
Premier had better news in the Nam Con Son basin off southern Vietnam, where its S9-P development well was deepened to a TD of 4,333 m (14,216 ft) subsea to assess the potential of the Oligocene sequence directly beneath the already producing Chim Sáo field.
The well has encountered 37 m (121 ft) of gross Oligocene (Cau formation) sands with an estimated 17 m (56 ft) of net hydrocarbon-bearing pay.
Over the next six months, Premier’s exploration drilling focus will be on Central North Sea Tertiary play fairways (six wells), with further wells in Asia later in 2012.