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Noreco Drills Duster in Barents Sea

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Norwegian Energy Company ASA (Noreco ASA), operator of production license 396, has completed drilling of wildcat well 7228/1-1.

The well was drilled about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northeast of Hammerfest and about 31 miles (50 kilometers) east of the 7226/2-1 discovery.

The well's primary exploration target was to prove petroleum in Jurassic and Triassic reservoir rocks (the Realgrunnen subgroup). The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in the Snadd and Kobbe formations of Late and Middle Triassic Age.

The well encountered reservoir rocks with reservoir quality as expected in both exploration targets and with weak traces of petroleum in the primarily goal. Data acquisition has been carried out, but all levels are aquiferous. The well is dry.

This is the first exploration well in production license 396. The production license was awarded in the 19th licensing round in 2006.

The well was drilled to a vertical depth on 5,486 feet (1,672 meters) below sea level and terminated in the Kobbe formation in Middle Triassic. Sea depth at the site is 352 meters. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Well 7228/1-1 was drilled by the drilling facility Transocean Barents (UDW semisub), which will now proceed to the North Sea to drill production wells on the Jette field. Det norske oljeselskap ASA is the operator. The PDO for Jette was approved in February 2012.

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