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The Transocean Arctic drilling unit. Image courtesy of Lundin Petroleum/Flickr.

Lundin Petroleum said Wednesday that it drilled dry at exploration well 7130/4-1 on the Ørnen prospect in the Barents Sea.

The well, drilled by Lundin’s fully owned subsidiary Lundin Norway, is located in PL708, on the eastern parts of the Finnmark Platform in the southern Barents Sea.

The well’s main target, cosisting of Upper Permian spiculites and carbonates, was encountered and cored, but the reservoir quality was “poorer than expected,” Lundin said.

Sampling encountered only water with no indications of movable hydrocarbons.

The secondary target, Permo-Carboniferous carbonates, was encountered with “minor hydrocarbon shows and poor reservoir characteristics.”

The well was deepened into its third target, Lower Carboniferous sandstones in the Soldogg Formation, where it encountered “moderate to good sands” along with an uncommercial 16 foot gas column.

Extensive data acquisition and sampling was carried out, including conventional coring and fluid sampling.

The well, drilled with the semi-submersible drilling unit Transocean Arctic, was deemed dry and will be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Exploration well 7130/4-1 is the first well drilled in PL708.

The well was drilled to a total depth of about 10,367 feet below mean sea level in a water depth of 944 feet.

Lundin Norway is the operator of PL708 with a 40 percent working interest.

Edison Norge holds a 20 percent stake, Lukoil Overseas North Shelf holds a 20 percent stake, Lime Petroleum Norway holds a 10 percent stake and North Energy holds a 10 percent stake.