Wellesley bites dust at another North Sea well

Oil and gas company Wellesley Petroleum has drilled another dry well in the Norwegian section of the North Sea, 220 kilometers northwest of Stavanger.

Transocean Arctic rig/ Image by Marcusroos, under Public Domain license
Transocean Arctic rig/ Image by Marcusroos, under Public Domain license

Following last month’s announcement of a dry well in the production license 931, Wellesley has now failed to hit the target at the 25/1-13 wildcat in the production license 871.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Wednesday that the objective of the well was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks in the Eocene (the Frigg formation).

The NPD said that the well 25/1-13, drilled to a depth of 2125 meters below the sea surface, encountered the Frigg formation with a thickness of about 50 meters, with only traces of gas in the Frigg formation, and is classified as dry. This is the first exploration well in production license 871.

The exploration well was drilled using the Transocean Arctic semi-submersible drilling rig. The rig is now headed for a stay at the shipyard in Ølen.

As reported earlier, Cairn’s Capricorn awarded a two-well contract in the Norwegian North Sea to the Transocean Arctic. The work is scheduled to start in May and end in July 2019. After that, the rig will go on a contract with DEA Norge.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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