Viper Prospect Strikes for Marathon, Partners
Marathon Petroleum Norge AS, operator of production license 203, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 25/4-10 S at the Viper prospect in the Norwegian North Sea. The well, which encountered oil, was drilled about six kilometers south of the production ship on the Alvheim field in the central North Sea.
The size of the discovery is estimated to be between 5 to 10 million barrels of recoverable oil. It is likely that the discovery will be developed as a subsea tieback to the Alvheim FPSO.
The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in the Hermod Formation in Paleocene age reservoir rocks updip of a nearby discovery well. The well was successful encountering an oil column and an extensive data acquisition has been completed. The well was drilled as a first branch of a dual branched exploration well to a vertical depth of 2,196m. The second branch will target the South Kneler prospect in the Heimdal formation.
Well 25/4-10 S is the sixth exploration well in production licence 203. The license was awarded in the 15th licensing round in 1996. 25/4-10 S was drilled to a vertical depth of 2196 meters below the sea surface, and was terminated in Paleocene rocks (the Heimdal formation). The water depth at the site is 126 meters. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned.
The well was drilled by the Transocean Winner semisub, which will now proceed to drill wildcat well 25/4-10 A in the same production licence.
Operates 12 Offshore Rigs
- Most US Gulf Oil Output Offline Ahead of Tropical Storm Nate (Oct 06)
- U.S. Gulf Oil Producers Start Evacuating Staff Ahead of Tropical Storm Nate (Oct 05)
- For ConocoPhillips, Harvey A Test Of Remote Operations (Sep 07)
Company: Marathon Oil Company more info
Operates 4 Offshore Rigs
- Harvey's Wake Tempers Bullish Outlook for US Oil Output Growth (Sep 01)
- RoyalGate to Drill New Well in Equatorial Guinea's Block Z (Sep 25)
- ShaMaran Subsidiary to Contest TAQA Default Notice (Sep 21)
Company: Transocean Ltd. more info
Manages 46 Offshore Rigs
- Oil's Biggest Rigs Headed to Junkyard as Daily Losses Mount (Oct 18)
- Transocean To Buy Norwegian Rig Firm Songa Offshore For $1.1B (Aug 15)
- Borr Drilling Signs Deal With Transocean to Buy 15 Rigs (Mar 20)
Company: Norwegian Petroleum Directorate more info
- NPD Grants Lundin Permit for Appraisal Well Offshore Norway (Jan 20)
- Aker BP Makes North Sea Find (Dec 23)
- Norwegian Production Rises (Dec 21)
Company: Lundin Petroleum AB more info
Operates 2 Offshore Rigs
- Lundin Board Proposes Malaysia, France, Netherlands Asset Spin Off (Feb 13)
- Swedish Oil Firm Lundin Sees Output More Than Doubling Next Decade (Feb 01)
- Lundin's Development Expenditure to Top $1B in 2017 (Jan 19)