Det norske oljeselskap is operator for North Sea license 001 B, where appraisal well 16/1-11 is currently being drilled in order to delineate the Draupne oil and gas discovery made by well 16/1-9 in 2008.
The well has been drilled to planned total depth of 2,625 meters. A 57 meter hydrocarbon column has been identified in the same reservoir interval as found in discovery well 16/1-9. The appraisal well also found non movable oil in the deeper formations of Trassic age.
The license partners have decided to carry out a production test in the oil zone. This test is expected to take between two and three weeks to complete.
As the oil-water contact has not been identified, neither in the discovery well 16/1-9, nor in the current appraisal well 16/1-11, the license partners will consider a sidetrack to the current well.
Water depth in the area is 111 meters and the well is being drilled by semisubmersible drilling rig Songa Delta. Det norske oljeselskap is operator in 001 B with a 35 percent ownership interest. Other partners include Statoil with 50 percent ownership interest and Bayerngas with 15 percent.
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