Two wildcat wells drilled by German oil firm Wintershall have come up dry in the Norwegian North Sea, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate reported Friday.
Wells 16/1-19 S and 16/1-20 A were drilled some 1.5 miles east of appraisal wells on the Ivar Aasen field and two miles north of the Edvard Grieg field in the central part of the North Sea.
The wells were designed to prove petroleum in Lower Cretaceous and Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks. Although traces of oil were encountered in several intervals in the Åsgard, Draupne, Heather and Hugin formations of the 16/1-20 A well, both wells were classified as dry and have been permanently plugged and abandoned.
The wells were drilled by the Borgland Dolphin (mid-water semisub) rig, which will now more to the northern North Sea to carry out well repairs on the Vega field.
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