The semisubmersibleTransocean Arcticdrilled the well on the Halten Terrace in production license 586, 33 km (20.5 mi) southwest of the Njord field complex. It flowed 6,700 b/d of oil on test, with rates constrained by facilities on the rig.
Operator VNG Norge estimates recoverable reserves in the 50-170 MMboe range, with substantial upside potential within the Pil closure that was not proven by this first well.
Pressure measurements indicated a continuous reservoir system capable of sustaining higher flow rates than those observed during the DST. Sampling suggests 37°API oil with a gas/oil ratio of 152 cu m/cu m, although this has to be confirmed by laboratory tests.
Transocean Arctic will drill a downdip side track to prove the lateral extent of the Pil reservoir and to test upside within the closure. It will then drill a second side track to assess the potential of the nearby Bue target.