The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate announced Wednesday that Suncor Energy Norge AS has come up dry in the 25/10-13 S exploration well, located in production license 571 in the central part of the North Sea.
Drilled around three miles west of the Balder field, the well’s primary target was to prove petroleum in Paleocene and Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks. Although the well was found to be dry, it encountered a 114 foot thick layer of sandstone in the Paleocene region, and a 144 foot thick layer of Upper Jurassic sandstone, both with good reservoir quality.
Well 25/10-13 S was drilled to a depth of 9,596 feet by the Borgland Dolphin (mid-water semisub), which will now drill wildcat well 10/4-1 in production license 734, where Wintershall Norge AS is the operator. The well, which was the first exploration well in production license 571, will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.
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