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Norway: Sverdrup appraisal well meets objectives

Lundin Petroleum AB, operator of PL501 on the Johan Sverdrup discovery in the North Sea offshore Norway, said the 16/2-16 appraisal well met its initial objectives and will now be sidetracked westward.

Drilled on the northeastern flank of the discovery 3 km from the 16/2-6 discovery well and the recent 16/2-13A well in PL501 and the 16/2-10 well in PL265, the 16/2-16 well’s objectives were to establish the depth to the top reservoir, reservoir quality, the oil-water contact, and the aquifer quality.

The well encountered the top reservoir on prognosis at 1,924 m below mean sea level (MSL) and the OWC at 1,925 m below MSL. The OWC is the same as in the 16/2-13A well and about 3 m deeper than the previously identified OWC in other PL501 wells. A total of 15 m of sand was found in a 60- m Jurassic sequence. The well was drilled to a depth of 2,188 m below MSL.

Lundin will now sidetrack 1,000 m to improve understanding of lateral variations in reservoir qualities and the relation between the different OWCs. The well is also important in relation to the water injection strategy to be applied during production.

PL501 interests are Lundin Norway 40%, Statoil Petroleum AS with a 40%, and Maersk Oil Norway AS 20%.

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