Lundin Norway AS has started drilling its second Alta appraisal well in the Barents Sea South and drilling of an appraisal well on the Edvard Grieg field in the Norwegian North Sea.
Drilling has also started on the partner-operated Zeppelin exploration well in the southern North Sea.
The second Alta appraisal well 7220/11-3 in PL609 is located 4.3 km south of the Alta discovery well 7220/11-1 and 3.4 km northeast of the recently completed appraisal well 7220/11-2.
The main objectives of well 7220/11-3 are to confirm the reservoir model and prove the presence of hydrocarbon columns and fluid contacts similar to those established in the Alta discovery well, and to test the reservoir properties of the Permian carbonates.
The planned total depth is 2,070 metres below mean sea level (MSL) and the well is being drilled using the drilling rig Island Innovator. According to Lundin, drilling is expected to take approximately 60 days.
Lundin Norway is the operator of PL609 with 40 percent working interest. The partners are DEA Norge AS and Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS with 30 percent working interest each.
Edvard Grieg appraisal well
The Edvard Grieg appraisal well 16/1-23 S is located in PL338 in the southeastern part of the Edvard Grieg field and approximately 2.4 km southeast of the Edvard Grieg platform location. The company received consent from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) for drilling of the well 16/1-23 S in June.
The objectives of the well are to confirm the geological model at this part of the field in order to optimize drainage strategy and the placement of development wells, and to test for upside reserve potential in the field which is estimated to be up to gross 50 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMboe).
The planned total depth is approximately 2,200 metres below MSL and the well will be drilled using the jack-up rig Rowan Viking. The drilling operation is expected to take approximately 60 days.
Lundin Norway is the operator of PL338 with 50 percent working interest. The partners are OMV Norge AS with 20 percent, Statoil Petroleum AS with 15 percent working interest and Wintershall Norge AS with 15 percent working interest.
The Zeppelin exploration well 10/4-1 in PL734 is operated by Wintershall and located in the southern North Sea 35 km southeast of the Yme field. Wintershall already received consent from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) for this well and it will be drilled using the drilling rig Borgland Dolphin.
The main objectives of well 10/4-1 are to prove the presence of hydrocarbons in sandstones of the Middle to Late Jurassic Vestland Group. Lundin Petroleum estimates the Zeppelin prospect to have the potential to contain unrisked, gross prospective resources of 152 MMboe.
The planned total depth is approximately 2,300 metres below MSL. The drilling operation is expected to take approximately 30 days.
Lundin Norway holds a 30 percent working interest in PL734. Winthershall Norge AS is the operator and holds a 4o percent working interest with Centrica Resources (Norge) AS holding a 30 percent working interest.