Equinor plugs North Sea duster

Norway’s Equinor has drilled another dry well with the Transocean Spitsbergen rig in the North Sea, offshore Norway.

Transocean Spitsbergen; Photo by Kenneth Engelsvold; Source Equinor

Following a duster drilled in at the 36/1-3 wildcat earlier this month, Equinor has now drilled a dry well at the wildcat well 25/6-6 S in production license 870, in the Stord Basin about 35 kilometers northeast of the Jotun field and 170 kilometers northwest of Stavanger.

According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the primary exploration target for the well was to prove gas in reservoir rocks from the Early Jurassic Age (the Statfjord group). The secondary exploration target was to examine reservoir rocks from the Middle Jurassic Age (the Hugin formation).

“Well 25/6-6 S encountered the Statfjord group with a thickness of about 330 meters, of which 80 meters with reservoir rocks of moderate to good reservoir quality. The Hugin formation has a thickness of about 45 meters, of which 30 meters with reservoir rocks of good quality. The well is dry,” the NPD said.

This was the first exploration well in production license 870. Water depth at the site is 123 meters.  The well has been plugged and abandoned.

The Transocean Spitsbergen semi-submersible drilling rig will now proceed to production license 159 B in the Norwegian Sea to drill wildcat well 6507/3-13, where Equinor is the operator.


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