STAVANGER, Norway – The semisubmersible Deepsea Stavanger has started drilling the Kveikje exploration well in the northern Norwegian North Sea for operator Equinor.
According to partner Longboat Energy, Kveikje is the main prospect (up to 79 MMboe) in license PL293B, north of the Troll field and close to established infrastructure.
The well is being drilled 8-10 km (4.98-6.2 mi) from the Swisher and Toppand discoveries. A successful result could lead to an area cluster development.
Kveikje is an Eocene Balder Formation injectite with seismic amplitude support. Injectite reservoirs typically have good reservoir properties, Longboat said, as evidenced by the recent King and Frosk discoveries in the Balder and Alvheim areas of the North Sea.
And there is further potential upside in the underlying Paleocene Rokke and late Cretaceous n’Roll secondary prospects which could hold up to 127 MMboe combined.
Drilling could take up to four weeks to complete.