The French oil and gas exploration firm Engie E&P Norge announced it has started drilling exploration well PL 636 Cara in the North Sea, offshore Norway.
The well, located in the northern North Sea, 21.74 miles from shore and approximately 3.72 miles from Gjøa, was spudded on Monday 18 July.
“In case of a commercial discovery, Cara is a potential tie-back to the Gjøa platform, which we operate,” Engie Managing Director Cedric Osterrieth, said.
Engie Spuds North Sea Well
“The results from Cara will increase our understanding of the Gjøa area, which is one of our core areas on the Norwegian Continental Shelf,” Osterrieth added.
The Cara well is operated by Engie and has a water depth of approximately 350 metres (1,148 feet), with both oil and gas cases considered.
The well is considered as a standard exploration well of conventional design with a four string casing programme.
The drilling operation is expected to take approximately 41 days and in case of a discovery, the plan is to execute a Drill Stem Test for an additional 25 days to assess the size of the reservoir.
Transocean Arctic Drills Cara Well
The Transocean Arctic, a harsh environment midwater semi-submersible drilling rig, owned by Transocean Norway Operations, was responsible for the drilling operations.
Earlier this month, the rig had been operating for Faroe Petroleum and found oil and gas south of the Brage field in the North Sea, before moving on to Engie’s wildcat well 36/7-4.
Faroe Petroleum is currently assessing options for monetising the discovery, given its significant resource estimates – total volumes of 43 to 80 million barrels of oil equivalent – and close proximity to existing infrastructure, the CEO Graham Stewart explained at the time.
This well was drilled with co-venturer Core Energy, who also owns half of the production licence.