A/S Norske Shell has completed drilling wildcat well 26/4-2 in production license 266. The company drilled the well 110 km off the Norwegian coast between Haugesund and Bergen, Norway.
Shell drilled the well to evaluate a sandstone project of Paleocene age called Beluga. The sandstone was penetrated to the expected depth, but no hydrocarbons were found in the reservoir level.
The water depth at the drilling location is 131 m. Shell drilled the well to 2,273 m of water below sea level and completed the well in rocks of upper Cretaceous age.
The drilling operations were carried out using the drilling installationDeepSea Delta. The installation has now been taken over by Esso Exploration and Production Norway A/S, which will drill well 16/1-7 as the operator of production licenses 001B and 242.