The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate announced Tuesday that VNG Norge AS, operator of production license 586, has come up dry in wildcat well 6406/12-5 S.
Situated around 20 miles southwest of the Njord field and about 3 miles southeast of the 6406/12-3 S (Pil) discovery in the Norwegian Sea, well 6406/12-5 S was aiming to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Upper Jurassic Rogn and Melke formations. The well, which was drilled by the Transocean Arctic (mid-water semisub) to a vertical depth of 12,171 feet, has been classified as dry and will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.
This is the sixth exploration well in production license 586. The Transocean Arctic drilling facility will now drill wildcat well 7130/4-1 in production license 708 in the Barents Sea, where Lundin Norway AS is the operator.
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