The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) announced two dry wells in the North Sea and the Barents Sea.
The North Sea well is operated by det Norske, while the Barents Sea well is operated by Eni Norge.
“This is the first wildcat well in production licence 226, which was awarded on 30 May 1997 in the Barents Sea project,” NPD informed in a statement.
North Sea and Barents Sea Bring Dry Oil Wells
The wildcat well operated by Det norske is located in production licence 626 in the central part of the North Sea, nearly 4 miles from the Hanz discovery and over 124 miles northwest of Stavanger.
The well was proven dry after being drilled to a measured depth of 8,845 feet and a vertical depth of 8,625 feet below the sea surface.
This is the first exploration well in the licence, named well 25/10-15 S and will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.
The well was drilled by Maersk’s Maersk Interceptor drilling facility, which will now proceed to drill wildcat well 25/2-18 S in production licence 442, where Det norske is also the operator.
Eni Norge Plugs Aurelia Wildcat
The Barents Sea well is operated by Eni Norge and is located in production licence 226.
The well was drilled about 49.7 miles northeast of the Johan Castberg oil field and about 155.3 miles north of Hammerfest.
The well, named 7222/1-1 (Aurelia) was drilled to a vertical depth of 7,762 feet below the sea surface.
Overall, water depth is of 1,391 feet and the well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.
The well was drilled by Saipem’s semi-submersible Scarabeo 8 drilling rig.
Partners on the well were DEA Norge, Edison Norge and Point Resources.