Dry hole for Det norske in Norwegian Sea

Det norske oljeselskap has drawn a blank with its latest exploratory well in the Norwegian Sea, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway -- Det norske oljeselskap has drawn a blank with its latest exploratory well in the Norwegian Sea, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

Wildcat 6305/0-2 was drilled by the semisub Aker Barents in a water depth of 274 m (899 ft) in production license 468, around 30 km (18.6 mi) east of the Ormen Lange field.

The main aim had been to prove petroleum in the Middle Paleocene (Tang formation), with a secondary target in the lower Paleocene (Egga reservoir unit) and the upper Cretaceous (Springar formation).

The well encountered the Tang formation, but reservoir rocks were thinner and of poorer quality than expected. Reservoir thickness and quality of rocks encountered in the Egga reservoir unit and Springar formation were as expected.

This was the first well on the license, awarded under Norway’s APA 2007 round.

Aker Barents heads next to PL 522 in the same sector to drill well 6604/2-1 for BG Norway.

02/28/2011

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