Eni Strikes Gas with Norwegian Wildcat

Eni Norge AS has completed drilling wildcat well 34/12-1. The well was drilled in the Viking graben, 30 kilometers northeast of the Kvitebjorn field in the North Sea.

The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Jurassic strata in the "Afrodite" prospect. The well proved gas and condensate in Middle Jurassic strata.

The well has been formation tested, and comprehensive data acquisition and sampling has been carried out. Now the resource potential will be evaluated by ENI.

Production license 293 was awarded in the 2002 North Sea Awards, and this is the first well in the production license.

Wildcat well 34/12-1 was drilled to a total depth of 4688 meters under the surface of the sea and terminated in Early Jurassic strata.

The sea depth was 373 meters. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Well 34/12-1 was drilled with the Transocean Leader semisub which will proceed to production license 283 in the Norwegian Sea to drill wildcat well 6605/8-2, where StatoilHydro is the operator.

The licensees in production license 293 are Eni Norge AS as operator with 45%; StatoilHydro with 40% and Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS with the remaining 15%.

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