ExxonMobil makes gas discovery with North Sea wildcat well

Wildcat well 15/6-10 in the North Sea has hit pay, according to ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Norway.

Offshore staff

STAVANGER -- Wildcat well 15/6-10 in the North Sea has hit pay, according to ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Norway.

The purpose of the well was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks. The well proved a gas/condensate column of about 30 m (98 ft) in Middle Jurassic sandstone with poorer reservoir development than expected, the company reports.

The well was not formation-tested, but data collection and sampling were carried out. Further evaluations are being made by the licensees to determine the size of the discovery.

The semisubmersible Bredford Dolphin drilled the well to a vertical depth of 3,672 m (12,047 ft) below the sea surface. The well was concluded in the Skagerrak formation in the Upper Triassic.

04/01/2009

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