Shell has failed to hit hydrocarbons in appraisal well 6305/4-2 S on the Ormen Lange field. The purpose of the well in Production License 209 was to delineate the northern area of the field. The well did encounter reservoir rocks of variable quality in both the Egga reservoir unit and the Jorsalfare formation, but the well was dry. Data acquisition and sampling were carried out, and the results of the appraisal well will be incorporated into the ongoing evaluation of the field.
The well reached a vertical depth of 9,413 feet (2,869 meters) and terminated in the Kyrre formation in the Upper Cretaceous. The West Navigator drillship drilled the well in a water depth of 3,563 feet (1,086 meters). Ormen Lange lies on the Norwegian Continental Shelf in water depths ranging from 2,625 to 3,609 feet (800 to 1,100 meters). Shell operates the field, holding a 17.04% interest; Petoro holds 36.48%; Statoil holds 28.91%; Dong holds 10.34%; and ExxonMobil holds the remaining 7.23% interest.
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