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NPD: Wintershall wildcat turns up dry

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Wintershall Norge AS, operator of production licence 734, is in the process of completing the drilling of wildcat well 10/4-1.

The well was drilled about 35 km southeast of the Yme field in the North Sea.

The primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Sandnes formation) and in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Bryne formation). The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in Upper Permain reservoir rocks.

Well 10/4-1 encountered approximately 90 m of reservoir rocks in the Sandnes and Bryne formations with good reservoir quality. The well did not encounter a reservoir in Permian rocks. The well is dry.

Data acquisition and sampling have been carried out.

This is the first exploration well in production licence 734. The licence was awarded in APA 2013.

Well 10/4-1 was drilled to a vertical depth of 2348 m below the sea surface and was terminated in rocks from the Late Permian Age.

Water depth at the site is 98 m. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Well 10/4-1 was drilled by the Borgland Dolphin drilling facility, which will now proceed to drill wildcat well 6507/3-11 S in production licence 650 in the Norwegian Sea, where E.ON E&P Norge AS is the operator.

The original version of this story can be accessed here.

Adapted from a press release by David Bizley

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