Wintershall Norge has completed the drilling of wildcat well 35/12-3S on the Gnatcatcher prospect in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 8,953 feet (2,729 meters), terminating in the Etive formation in the Brent group from the Middle Jurassic age.
The purpose of the well was to prove petroleum in Upper and Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks. It did encounter the Sognefjord and Fensfjord formations as well as the Brent group with good reservoir quality, but the well was dry. Drilled by the Songa Delta semisub in a water depth of 1,155 feet (352 meters), the well has been permanently plugged and abandoned.
The well is located 75 miles (120 kilometers) northwest of Bergen and 15 miles (24 kilometers) northeast of the Troll C facility. Wintershall operates the license, owning a 45% interest; Spring Energy owns 15%; Talisman Energy owns 20%; and Premier Oil owns the remaining 20%.
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