Eni Comes up Dry in the Barents Sea

Italy's Eni has drilled a dry well in the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate reported Tuesday.

The wildcat well, designated 7016/2-1, was drilled around 115 miles southwest of the Snøhvit field and 100 miles northwest of Tromsø. Its objective was to prove petroleum in Eocene and Paleocene reservoir rocks, but these rocks were not found. The well has been declared "dry" as a result.

The well is the first exploration well in production license 529 and was the first deepwater well in the Barents Sea. It will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

The Scarabeo 8 (DW semisub) rig, which drilled the well, will now move to production license 229 in the Barents Sea to drill production wells on the Goliat field.


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