STAVANGER -- StatoilHydro has completed the drilling of two appraisal wells at the Tornerose gas discovery in the Barents Sea. No new find was made.
StatoilHydro, the operator of production license 110 C, has completed the drilling of appraisal wells 7123/4-1 S and 7123/4-1 A. The latter well was sidetracked from the S well.
The purpose of the wells was to confirm the existence of resources in Triassic sandstones within previously untested segments on the Tornerose structure.
ThePolar Pioneer drilled the wells to a vertical depth of 2,683 m (8,802 ft) and 2,603 m (8,540 ft) respectively and completed in Triassic rocks. The well confirmed the existence of reservoir development in this rock, but no movable hydrocarbons were proven in any of the wells.
Two wells have previously been drilled in production license PL 110B on the Tornerose structure. Both were successful.
The Polar Pioneer will now move on to a StatoilHydro-operated exploration well in the Barents Sea, well 7226/2-1 in production license 395.
"It is disappointing to drill dry wells, but we have previously confirmed the existence of recoverable gas in the Tornerose structure" says Ørjan Birkeland, StatoilHydro's VP for infrastructure-led exploration in the North. "Experience gained from these wells will be useful during the drilling of additional wells in this area in the years ahead."