Image courtesy of Harald Pettersen/Statoil.

Statoil struck out twice in the Norwegian Sea on Thursday after drilling dry at two wildcat wells.

Wildcat wells 6407/8-7 and 6407/8-7 A were both drilled in 849 feet of water, about 2.5 miles north Hyme field in the southern part of the Norwegian Sea at production license 348 C.

The primary exploration target for well 6407/8-7 was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks, in the Ile formation.

The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks, within the the Tilje and Åre formations.

Well 6407/8-7 encountered about 311 feet of the Ile formation, with about 229 feet being sandstone with “good reservoir properties,” the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate reported.

The Tilje and Åre formations were also encountered in thicknesses of 656 feet and 557 feet, with 524 feet and 246 feet being sandstone with good reservoir quality.

The well has been classified as dry.

The purpose of well 6407/8-7 A was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks, in the Tilje formation, higher up in the structure.

The well encountered about 360 feet of reservoir rocks in the Tilje formation, with 262 feet of good reservoir quality sandstone.

It also encountered 656 feet of reservoir rocks the Åre formation,with 311 feet of sandstone with good reservoir properties.

Well 6407/8-7 A has been classified as dry and data collection has been carried out in both wells.

Both wells were terminated in the Åre formation in the Lower Jurassic and will now permanently plugged and abandoned.

Wildcat wells 6407/8-7 and 6407/8-7 A are the first and second exploration wells in the Statoil operated production licence 348 C.

The wells were drilled by the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility, that will now move on to drill wildcat well 6706/11-2 in the Norwegian Sea in production licence 602, where Statoil is the operator.


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