OSLO, Norway -- BG Norge has drawn a blank with its latest exploration well in the Norwegian North Sea. The jackup Rowan Gorilla VI drilled well 1/3-12 S in 70 m (229 ft) of water in production license 297, 30 km (18.6 mi) northwest of the Ekofisk field.
BG aimed to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks in the Late-Triassic Skagerrak formation. However, the well encountered poorer than expected reservoir properties, which turned out to be water-bearing.
The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned, with the rig moving on for a program in the UK sector.
This was the first action in the license, which was awarded under Norway’s APA 2003 licensing round.