Aker BP moves to drill sidetracks following dry hole in Alvheim

May 30, 2024
Aker BP will move to drill a sidetrack well following a dry hole encounter in the North Sea.

Aker BP ASA will move a rig to drill sidetracks in the Kneler deposit, one of six deposits in North Sea Alvheim field, after it encountered a dry hole, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said May 30. 

Exploration well 24/6-5 (Alvheim Deep), the eleventh in production license (PL) 203, was drilled in 120 m of water by the Noble Integrator drilling unit to a vertical depth of 4,626 m subsea. It was terminated in the Draupne formation in the Upper Jurassic.

The objective was to prove petroleum in Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks in the Intra-Draupne formation. The well encountered the formation, but no reservoir was present. The well is dry.

Aker BP is operator at PL 203 with 80% interest. ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS holds the remaining 20%. 

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Alex Procyk | Upstream Editor

Alex Procyk is Upstream Editor at Oil & Gas Journal. He has also served as a principal technical professional at Halliburton and as a completion engineer at ConocoPhillips. He holds a BS in chemistry (1987) from Kent State University and a PhD in chemistry (1992) from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).