Dry well northwest of the Draugen field in the Norwegian Sea

Source: press release, 14 February 2022

illustration: NPD
illustration: NPD

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) reports that Equinor Energy AS, operator of production licence 1060, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 6407/9-13.

The well was drilled about 148 kilometres north of Kristiansund and about 8 kilometres northwest of the Draugen field in the Norwegian Sea.

The primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Late Jurassic (the Rogn and Melke Formation), while the secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Middle Jurassic (the Garn and Ile Formation).

In the primary target in the Melke Formation, sandstone rocks totalling 27 metres were encountered, with very good reservoir quality. The well did not encounter reservoir rocks belonging to the Rogn Formation.

In the secondary exploration target, the well encountered sandstone rocks totalling 76 metres in the Garn Formation and sandstone rocks totalling 17 metres in the Ile Formation. The reservoir rocks in both formations are of good to very good reservoir quality.

The well is dry, without traces of petroleum. Data collection has been performed.

This is the first exploration well in production licence 1060. The licence was awarded in APA 2019.

Well 6407/9-13 was drilled to a vertical depth of 2,319 metres below sea level, and was terminated in the Ror Formation from the Early Jurassic. Water depth at the site is 270 metres.

The well has been permanently plugged and abandoned.

Well 6407/9-13 was drilled by the West Hercules drilling rig, which will now proceed to Canada for new assignments.