StatoilHydro Drills a Duster at North Sea Wildcat Well

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StatoilHydro Petroleum AS, operator of production license 296, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 2/5-13, 25 kilometers northeast of the Ekofisk field in the North Sea. The well was dry.

The purpose of the well was to prove petroleum in Late Jurassic rocks. As projected, the well encountered rocks of medium thickness and satisfactory quality. The well did not prove mobile petroleum, and it will be classified as a dry well.

A standard logging and sampling program was carried out. The well has provided valuable information about the area, and the well data will be evaluated in order to map further resource potential in production licenses 296 and 355.

The well was the first to be drilled in production license 296, which was awarded in the Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) in 2003. The well was a commitment well in the production license, but was drilled as a joint well with cost sharing with production license 355.

The wildcat well had high pressure and high temperature. It was drilled to a vertical depth of 4626 meters below the sea surface, and was concluded in rocks presumed to be from the Early Jurassic Age.

Well 2/5-13 was drilled in 65 meters of water by the jackup drilling facility West Epsilon. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned. The facility will proceed to production license 265 in the North Sea to drill wildcat well 16/2-5, operated by StatoilHydro ASA.

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