Dry hole for Statoil north of Mikkel

Statoil Petroleum has failed to prove hydrocarbons with its latest wildcat in the Norwegian Sea.

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway -- Statoil Petroleum has failed to prove hydrocarbons with its latest wildcat in the Norwegian Sea.

Well 6407/3-1 S was drilled by theTransocean Leader in license PL 312, 5 km (3.1 mi) north of the Mikkel field in 233 m (764 ft) water depth.

According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the main target was to prove petroleum in mid-Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Ile formation). The secondary target was in mid-Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Garn, Tilje, and Åre formations).

The well encountered the Garn, Ile and Tilje formations, and reservoir rocks and quality were as expected, but the result was a dry hole.

This was the third exploration well drilled in the license, which was awarded in Norway’s APA 2003 round.

Transocean Leader will head north to PL 438 in the Barents Sea to drill wildcat 7120/3-1 for Lundin Norway.

05/09/2011

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