GDF SUEZ E&P Norge AS, operator of production licence 469, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 6407/12-2. The well, which was dry, is located about 10 km south of the Draugen field and 130 km north of Kristiansund.
The purpose of the well was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Eocene to Paleocene Ages. The well encountered reservoir rocks of minor thickness and poorer quality than expected.
This is the first exploration well in production license 469, which was awarded in APA 2007.
The well was drilled to a total depth of 1481 m below the sea surface, and was terminated in rocks from the Late Cretaceous Age. The water depth is 308 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.
Well 6407/12-2 was drilled by the Aker Barents drilling facility, which will now proceed to production licence 460 in the North Sea to drill wildcat well 25/1-11, which is operated by Det norske oljeselskap ASA.
Aker Exploration holds a 25 percent stake in license 469.
About Det norske (DETNOR`) before the merger with Aker Exploration:
Det norske is the second-largest operating company on the Norwegian Continental Shelf with 28 operatorship and interests in a total of 52 licenses. Det norske is the operator of the Frøy Field development and will also operate eight to nine exploration wells in the North Sea and Norwegian Sea during 2009. Det norske’s scope of activities is limited to the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).
Det norske currently employs a staff of 146 and the strong growth rate continues. The company`s registered office is located in Trondheim and the headquarter operations is divided between Oslo and Trondheim. The company also has offices in Harstad, and Stavanger.