OSLO, Norway – Aker BP has had mixed results from two exploration wells in the central Norwegian North Sea.
According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), both were drilled in 120 m (393 ft) of water in production license 442, 12 km (7.5 mi) northeast of the Frøy field and 200 km (124 mi) northwest of Stavanger.
Initially the jackupMaersk Interceptor drilled appraisal well 25/2-19 S to delineate a 2009 oil discovery in the Delta structure toward the north, and to examine the mobility of oil proven via drilling in the Frigg formation in 1986.
The well encountered a 13.5-m (44.3-ft) oil column in sandstone with good reservoir quality, and an oil/water contact almost 1,950 m (6,397 ft) below the sea surface.
Next the rig drilled wildcat well 25/2-19 A, targeting petroleum in Mid-Jurassic reservoir rocks (Hugin and Sleipner formations).
In both cases, the well intersected multiple sandstone layers with traces of petroleum in some of the sandstone layers in the Sleipner formation.
Both wells have since been permanently P&A’d. TheMaersk Interceptor will now head to Aker BP’s Tambar field to drill development wells.