OSLO, Norway --Statoil’s latest exploration well in the Norwegian North Sea was dry, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.
Wildcat 35/1-2 S was drilled around 12 km (7.5 mi) west of the Peon discovery. It was the second well in production license PL 269, which was awarded in 2001.
Lundin Norway also drew a blank with its latest wildcat in PL 400, drilled by the Maersk Guardian. This was drilled on the Barcham structure, 10 km (6.2 mi) east of the Trym field in the southern part of the North Sea.
NPD says the prime target was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks in the Early Permian (Rotligende group). The secondary target was to prove petroleum in Palaeocene and Lower Cretaceous reservoir rocks (the Ran formation).
The well did encounter the Rotliegende group, but reservoir rock quality was below expectations. In the secondary target, the reservoir rocks encountered were of the expected quality, however the secondary drilling target in the Ran formation was not encountered.