Dry well the Barents Sea – 7322/7-1

Source: press release, 13 August 2018

The ‘Island Innovator’ (photo: Island Drilling)
The ‘Island Innovator’ (photo: Island Drilling)

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate reports that Spirit Energy Norge AS, operator of production licence 852, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 7322/7-1, which is dry.

The well was drilled about 120 km north of the Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea and 310 kilometres north of Hammerfest.

Well 7322/7-1 was drilled to a vertical depth of 767 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in an unspecified formation in the Adventdal group from the Early Cretaceous. Water depth at the site is 454 metres.

This is the first exploration well in production licence 852, which was awarded in the 23rd Round in 2016.

The objective of the well was to prove reservoirs and petroleum in Lower Cretaceous rocks in the Kolje formation. No reservoir rocks were encountered in the Kolje formation, and the well is dry. Data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Well 7322/7-1 was drilled by the Island Innovator drilling facility, which will now drill wildcat well 7321/4-1 in production licence 721 in the Barents Sea, where DEA Norge AS is the operator.