ConocoPhillips to Abandon Tommeliten Well

ConocoPhillips has plugged and abandoned the 1/9-7 well in the Tommeliten Alpha structure in the Norwegian Sector of the North Sea after making a discovery. "Hydrocarbons were found in the limestone section, but not in the layer of Upper Jurassic Age," the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said.

It gave no estimate of the resource, but said the information obtained would help the license holders determine whether the area could be developed commercially. The directorate said the main aim of the exploration was to determine whether oil and gas could be found in the Upper Jurassic Age layer and to delimit the Tommeliten Alpha discovery made in limestone rock in 1976. The well was drilled by the jackup, Maersk Giant in 75 meters of water to a total depth of 4,947 meters.

The 1/9-7 well is located in production license number 044. ConocoPhillips is the operator of with a 41.9 percent' Statoil holds 30 percent, Total holds 15 percent; and Agip holds the remaining 13.1 percent.