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Norwegian upstream Det Norske said Friday that its North Sea wildcat well 2 / 9-5S drilled dry.

The well is the first exploration well in the Det Norske operated licence 494.

The well encountered a few thin sandstone reservoirs in the main objective and thin sandstone in the secondary target.

No traces of hydrocarbons were detected, the company said.

The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 11,566 feet below sea level and was completed in rocks from the Permian age. The water depth was 213 feet.

The 2 / 9-5S well was the first well to test a new exploration concept in Mandal Mount.

The well is located about 18 miles east of the Valhall field in Heimdalshøprospektet.

It will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Det Norske is the operator of the license with a 30 percent share.

Other partners are UK-based Dana Petroleum holds a 24 percent stake, Norway-based Fortis Petroleum holds 16 percent stake, Norway-based Spike Exploration holds a 15 percent share and UK-based Tullow Oil holds a 15 percent share.