STAVANGER, Norway -- Wildcat well 35/6-2 S, north of the Gjøa field in the North Sea, is dry, according to StatoilHydro.
The purpose of the well was to prove petroleum in Upper and Lower Cretaceous sandstone. Drilling proved sandstone of little thickness and good reservoir quality in the Upper Cretaceous, and sandstone of considerable thickness, but with poor to moderate reservoir quality in the Lower Cretaceous, the company says.
The well is the first exploration well in production license 376. Well 35/6-1 S was abandoned due to technical problems after drilling to a depth of 600 m (1,969 ft). Drilling was immediately restarted at well 36/6-2 S.
The semisubmersibleOcean Vanguard drilled the well to a vertical depth of 3,561 m (11,683 ft) below the sea surface. The well was concluded in rocks presumably from the Early Cretaceous. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.
Ocean Vanguard will be relocated to production license 312 in the Norwegian Sea to drill wildcat well 6407/6-7 S where StatoilHydro Petroleum AS is the operator.