Lundin Energy Norway AS drilled a dry hole in production license (PL) 981, about 1 km west of Solveig field in the North Sea and 190 km west of Stavanger in 100 m of water. Data acquisition has been carried out, and the well will be permanently plugged.
Well 16/4-12, the first in the license, was drilled by the Deepsea Stavanger drilling rig to a vertical depth of 2,141 m below sea level. It was terminated in the Zechstein Group from the Permian age.
The primary exploration target was to prove petroleum in sandstones in the Ty formation from the Palaeocene. The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in porous dolomite in the Zechstein Group.
The well encountered 58 m of sandstone in the Ty formation with good to very good reservoir quality. In the secondary exploration target, the well encountered 12 m of dolomitic rocks in the Zechstein Group with poor to moderate reservoir quality.
The well also encountered two intervals of sandstone from an undefined age between the Cretaceous and Triassic. The upper interval has a thickness of 16 m with moderate to good reservoir quality. The lower interval has a thickness of 15 m with good to very good reservoir quality.
Deepsea Stavanger will now drill wildcat well 17/8-1 in PL 976 in the North Sea, where Lundin Energy Norway AS is the operator.
Lundin is operator at PL 981 (60%) with partner Aker BP ASA (40%).