Wildcat Spudded in Barents Sea

The first wildcat in the North Cape Basin of the Barents Sea off northern Norway was spudded by Statoil on December 5th.

This well lies in production licence 202, which embraces blocks 7227/11-12 and 7228/7-10 about 240 kilometres north-east of Hammerfest. Transocean Arctic is due to drill to a depth of 9,186 feet in 945 feet of water.

"The well is primarily intended to check for hydrocarbons in Upper Triassic and Jurassic sandstones," says Erik Henriksen, sector manager for the Barents Sea in the new areas unit.

This wildcat is regarded as interesting because the target structure represents a new play in a new exploration region. Deviated drilling will be targeted at a salt dome (diapir) which penetrates the various geological strata. This well is the fourth being drilled by Transocean Arctic in the eastern Barents Sea this year.

Norsk Hydro drilled a duster in August, while Norsk Agip found oil in early October and small quantities of gas in a second well.