Statoil Drills Duster on Kappa Prospect

Statoil says no traces of hydrocarbons have been in its 6507/8-7 wildcat, drilled on the Kappa prospect southeast of Heidrun in the Norwegian Sea.

"This well was part of a strategy to boost oil production from our Heidrun platform," explains Roger Inge Johansen, exploration sector manager for the Halten/Nordland business cluster.

"The plan was to produce any oil in Kappa through long horizontal wells from the platform. But this duster eliminates the basis for that solution."

Kappa is the first of several prospects in the area due to be explored in coming years.

The wildcat was drilled from Odfjell's Deepsea Bergen to a depth of 2,950 meters below sea level and terminated in early Jurassic sediments.