High hopes for Aldous wells

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has authorized Statoil to drill two exploration wells in the North Sea, using the semisubmersible Transocean Leader.

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway – Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has authorized Statoil to drill two exploration wells in the North Sea, using the semisubmersible Transocean Leader.

The wells will target the Aldous Major and Aldous North prospects in production license 265.

Well 16/2-8 will be drilled in 135 m (443 ft) of water, 39 km (24 mi) south of the Grane field, while well 16/2-9S will be 28 km (17 mi) south of Grane in 115 m (377 ft) water depth.

The program should start later this month and continue for around 75 days. There is also an option to perform a 20-day production test on one of the wells.

Statoil’s partner Det norske oljeselskap said both prospects could prove to be an extension of Lundin's Avaldsnes discovery, which was appraised successfully recently.

There have been other finds in the license, including the Ragnarrock gas discovery in 2009, and well 16/2-4 in 2007, which encountered oil and gas in the license, in 2007.

In a separate development, Det norske has agreed to sell a 15% interest in North Sea license PL 450 to North Energy.

The concession is in block 7/12, southwest of the Ula field. Det norske, as operator, plans to drill the Storebjørn prospect this fall, using the jackup Mærsk Guardian.

On completion of the transaction, Det norske will hold a 60% interest. The other partner is Dana Petroleum Norway.

07/06/2011

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