Suncor Energy has drilled the Niobe exploration well, in licence P1889 in the UK North Sea, to target depth without encountering hydrocarbons.
Spudded on June 8, 2015 the well was drilled by the jack-up drilling unit Ensco 100 in the P1889 licence, close to the Beatrice oil field in the Outer Moray Firth area off the north east coast of Scotland.
The exploration well was drilled to its target depth of 5,005 feet Measured Depth Below Rotary Table (MDRT) or 4,871 feet True Vertical Depth Sub Sea (TVDSS) within the Late Jurassic Heather Formation and as such has fulfilled the licence obligation.
The well achieved its primary target, being the Burns Sandstone Member within the late Jurassic interval. The well penetrated good quality sands with no significant hydrocarbons. There are no plans to conduct a drill stem test and the well is to be plugged and abandoned.
The partners in Licence P1889 are Suncor Energy UK Limited, operator (49.5% equity interest), Norwegian Energy Company UK Limited (22.5% equity interest) and Trap Oil Limited (28% equity interest, of which 2.5% is a carried interest).