Aker BP ASA plugged a North Sea discovery as license holders do not consider it to be commercial. Preliminary estimates place recoverable oil equivalent at 800,000 standard cubic m. (OGJ Online, Oct. 18, 2021).
Wildcat well 24/12-7—the first in production license 1041—was drilled about 17 km southwest of Bøyla field and 230 km west of Stavanger to a measured vertical depth of 2,275 m below sea level. It was terminated in the Heimdal formation. Water depth at the site is 118 m.
The primary exploration target was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Palaeocene in the Hermod formation. The secondary target was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Palaeocene in the Heimdal formation.
In the primary exploration target, the well encountered the Hermod formation in a thickness of about 75 m. A 38-m oil column was proven in a total of 20 m of sandstone, with very good to extremely good reservoir properties.
The oil-water contact at 2,132 m below sea level was confirmed with pressure points.
In the secondary exploration target, the well encountered a total of 34 m of aquiferous sandstone with good reservoir properties in the Heimdal formation.
The well was not formation-tested, but data acquisition was undertaken.
Aker BP is operator with 55% interest. Partners are Neptune Energy Norge AS (30%) and Lundin Energy Norway AS (15%).