Conoco Makes Discovery Near Heidrun

Exploration well 6507/7-13 proved the presence of oil in the Jurassic formation. An extended evaluation program was carried out to collect reservoir and geological data which included drilling a sidetrack hole, 6507/7-13A, to obtain core samples. The well was not drillstem tested but holds future interest due to its proximity to the Heidrun platform -- some five miles to the south.

The well was drilled vertically to 8,530 feet using the semisubmersible drilling rig Maersk Jutlander. Drilling of 6507/7-13 began on December 11, 2000, and was permanently abandoned on January 21, 2001. Exploration licence 095 was awarded to Norske Conoco in the Norwegian 8th round of offshore licensing in 1984.

Partners in the licence are Norske Conoco as operator with 20 percent; Statoil with 75 percent (SDFI with 65 percent); and Fortum Petroleum AS with the remaining 5 percent.