ExxonMobil's Norwegian Wildcat a Duster

ExxonMobil has completed drilling wildcat well 15/9-22 in license PL241 in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

This was the first wildcat well in PL241, which covers parts of blocks 15/8 and 15/9. The license was awarded in the North Sea Round in 1999.

The target for the well was a sandstone prospect from the Middle Jurassic period. The prospect was located approximately 8 km south of the Sleipner field in the North Sea. Wildcat well 15/9-22 was drilled to a total depth of 3888 meters into Late Triassic rocks. The well was dry and it will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

The drilling operation was carried out by the Ocean Vanguard, which will now be taken over by Statoil to drill an exploration well in PL050 in the northern North Sea.

The licensees in PL 241 are ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Norway AS with 50% and as operator and Statoil with the remaining 50%.