NPD records 16 discoveries offshore Norway

Operators spudded 45 exploration wells on the Norwegian shelf during 2010, of which 40 were completed, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).

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OSLO, Norway -- Operators spudded 45 exploration wells on the Norwegian shelf during 2010, of which 40 were completed, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).

Two planned wells were suspended, and may not start drilling until after the New Year.

NPD says this year’s total is in line with its estimate issued last January of 40-50 exploration wells by year-end.

Of those drilled to date, 35 have been wildcats, the remaining 10 being appraisal wells. Thirty-two of the exploration wells were drilled in the North Sea, 12 in the Norwegian Sea and one in the Barents Sea.

The most active drillers were the Norwegian duo Statoil Petroleum and Det norske oljeselskap, with nine exploration wells each. Lundin Norge drilled five and Talisman Energy Norge four wells, followed by BG Norge and Norske Shell (three wells each) and Centrica Resources, RWE Dea Norge and Wintershall Norge (two).
ConocoPhillips, Eni Norge, ExxonMobil, Nexen Exploration Norge, Petro-Canada Norge and Total E&P Norge all drilled one single well.

Of the 40 completed wells, NPD says 16 discovered hydrocarbons. Ten of the discoveries came in the North Sea and six in the Norwegian Sea. The exploration well in the Barents Sea is not yet completed.

12/30/2010

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