Lundin gains nod to re-enter suspended Neiden well

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Lundin Norway a drilling permit for well 7220/6-2 R, in the Barents Sea offshore Norway. 

Lundin recently started the 2016 exploration and appraisal campaign in the Barents Sea which consists of three wells, starting with the re-entry of the Alta-3 appraisal well in PL609 which was drilled last year on the eastern flank of the Alta discovery.

The well 7220/6-2 will be drilled on the Neiden prospect from Ocean Rig’s Leiv Eiriksson semi-submersible drilling rig. The rig has been contracted for three firm well slots with an additional six optional well slots.

The drilling program for well 7220/6-2 R relates to an extension of previous wildcat well 7220/6-2, drilled in 2015 in production license 609 where Lundin Norway is the operator with a 40% ownership interest, and the licensees are Idemitsu Petroleum Norge, with 30%, and DEA Norge with 30%.

To remind, Lundin suspended drilling of the exploration well 7220/6-2 on the Neiden prospect in November last year due to winter restrictions on the use of the Island Innovator rig in the Barents Sea South.

The Neiden prospect is estimated to contain gross unrisked prospective resources of 204 MMboe.

The production license consists of blocks/parts of blocks 7220/6, 7220/9, 7220/11, 7220/12 and 7221/4. The production license was awarded in the 21st licensing round in 2011.

Wildcat well 7220/6-2 R will be an extension of the sixth exploration well in production license 609.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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