StatoilHydro Drills a Duster at 15/9-F-10 in North Sea

Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

StatoilHydro Petroleum AS, operator of production license 046, has concluded the drilling of observation well 15/9-F-10, which also had an exploration target. The well, which was dry, was diagonally/horizontally drilled to an exploration target about seven kilometers northeast of the Sleipner A facility in the North Sea.

The intention was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Hugin formation). The well encountered water in a well-developed sandy reservoir in the Hugin formation. The well is the first observation well with an exploration target in production license 046, which was awarded in the third licensing round in December 1976.

The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 2963 meters below the sea surface, and was concluded in the Smith Bank formation in the Lower Triassic. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 15/9-F-10 was drilled in 91 meters of water using the Maersk Inspirer jackup, from the Volve field.