Tellus well flows basement oil on test

Lundin Norway has completed a side track appraisal well to its Tellus discovery in the Norwegian North Sea.

Offshore staff

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Lundin Norway has completed a side track appraisal well to its Tellus discovery in the Norwegian North Sea.

Well 16/1-15 A, drilled by the semisub Bredford Dolphin in license PL 338, proved a 50-m (164-ft) oil column, including a thin lower Cretaceous sandstone with good quality reservoir quality overlaying fractured basement. The location was 0.5 km (0.3-mi) southwest of the 16/1-15 that led to the discovery well.

According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), there were two productive formation tests in the discovery well – one constituted the first full-scale production test offshore Norway of a reservoir comprising cracked and porous bedrock.

Lundin estimates Tellus’ reserves in the range 11-55 MMboe, of which around 90% is oil. Tellus, a northern extension of the Luno discovery, will be included in the Greater Luno Area development program.

Bredford Dolphin will next drill another wildcat for Lundin Norway, well 16/3-4, in license PL 501.

Concurrently, Lundin issued a letter of award to contractor Fred Olsen Energy to take the rig for a one-year, six-well program on the Norwegian shelf, starting next January, with the option to extend the campaign for a three further wells. The contract value for the firm period is $133 million.

In a separate development, NPD has approved Lundin’s request to drill its first exploration well in Barents Sea license PL 438, using the Transocean Leader.

Well 7120/2-3 S will be drilled 30 km (18.6 mi) northwest of the Snøhvit field. The license, awarded under Norway’s APA 2006 round, consists of parts of blocks 7120/1, 7120/2, 7120/3, 7120/4, 7120/5, and 7120/6.

05/23/2011

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