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The Maersk Giant. Image courtesey of Maersk Drilling.

Norway-based upstream Det norske oljeselskap said Tuesday it drilled dry at well 2/9-5 S in the Norwegian portion of the North Sea.

Well 2/9-5 S was drilled to a vertical depth of 11,866 feet below the sea surface and was terminated in basement rocks. Water depth at the site was about 213 feet.

The well found thin sandstones at the primary target. The well also encountered a few, thin sandstones in the secondary exploration target.

The well did not encounter any hydrocarbon reservoirs.

The well’s primary target was reservoir rock in the upper Jurassic. The secondary target was to prove petroleum in pre-Jurassic reservoir rocks.

The well has been plugged and abandoned.

The well was drilled about 18 miles northeast of the Valhall field in the southern part of the North Sea.

This is the first exploration well in production licence 494. Det norske oljeselskap operates license 494 and holds a 30 percent share.

UK-based Dana Petroleum holds a 24 percent stake in the license, Norway-based Fortis Petroleum holds a 16 percent share, UK-Based Bridge Energy holds a 15 percent share and UK-based Tullow Oil holds a 15 percent share.

The well was drilled by the Maersk Giant.