Lundin Energy Norway AS drilled a dry hole in production license (PL) 976, about 70 km southeast of Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea and 140 km southwest of Stavanger in 119 m of water. Data acquisition was carried out, and the well will be permanently plugged.
Well 17/8-1 was drilled by the Deepsea Stavanger drilling rig to a vertical depth of 2,891 m below sea level. It was terminated in rocks from the Paleozoic Era.
The primary exploration target was to prove petroleum in sandstone in the Sandnes formation from the Middle Jurassic. The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in carbonate rocks in the Zechstein Group and possible sandstone in the Rotliegend Group, both from the Permian.
The well encountered 18 m of the Sandnes and Bryne formation from the Middle Jurassic, 10 m of which were sandstone with good reservoir quality. In the secondary exploration target, the well encountered about 70 m of tight carbonate rocks in the Zechstein Group. The Rotliegend Group is most likely not present in the well, but it did encounter about 60 m of tight clastic rocks from the Paleozoic Era.
The well also encountered about 200 m of the Skagerrak and Smith Bank formation (Triassic), a total of about 120 m of which were sandstone with poor to moderate reservoir quality.
Deepsea Stavanger will now drill wildcat well 24/12-7 in production license 1041 in the North Sea, where Aker BP ASA is operator.
Lundin is operator at PL 976 (40%) with partners ONE-Dyas Norge AS (10%), Petoro AS (20%), and Repsol Norge AS (30%).