ABERDEEN, UK -- Wintershall Norge has started drilling the Maria prospect in blocks 6407/1 and 6406/3 in the Norwegian Sea. The location is on the North East Halten Terrace, between the Smørbukk Sør (8 km, or 4.9 mi, to the north) and Trestakk oil fields and the Tyrihans gas fields.
TheSonga Delta semisubmersible is drilling the well, with operations expected to last for around 53 days, according to Wintershall’s partner Faroe Petroleum.
A previous well drilled in this area in 1998 -- the 6406/3-5 -- encountered oil shows and is thought to be down dip of the Maria prospect.
Maria comprises two potential accumulations, Maria South and Maria North, up dip to the south west and north east of the 6406/3-5 well. The current well is targeting Maria South.
The surrounding license PL 475BS was awarded under Norway’s APA 2008 licensing round with an initial two-year duration and a firm commitment to drill one well. Equity holders in the license are Wintershall (25%), Concedo (10%), Spring Energy Norway (15%), Centrica Resources (20%), and Faroe Petroleum (30%).