STOCKHOLM, Sweden – The semisubmersible Island Innovator has spudded a second appraisal well on Lundin Norway’s Alta field discovery in the southern Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea.
The main objectives are to confirm the reservoir model, to prove hydrocarbon columns and fluid contacts similar to those established in the discovery well, and to test the reservoir properties of the Permian carbonates.
Drilling is expected to last around 60 days, with a planned TD of 2,070 m (6,791 ft) below mean sea level (MSL).
Another Lundin-operated appraisal well under way is 16/1-23 S in PL338, 2.4 km (1.5 mi) southeast of the new Edvard Grieg platform.
Here the goals are to confirm the geological model at this part of the field in order to optimize drainage strategy and development well placement, and to test for upside reserve potential (up to 50 MMboe).
The jackup Rowan Viking will drill the well to a TD of 2,200 m (7,218 ft), with the program again expected to take around 60 days to complete.
Lundin is also partner in the newly-spudded Wintershall-operated Zeppelin exploration well 10/4-1 – the first in PL734 – drilled by the semisub Borgland Dolphin. The location is in the southeastern Norwegian North Sea, 35 km (21.7 mi) southeast of the Yme field.
Main aim is to prove hydrocarbons in sandstones of the mid-late Jurassic Vestland Group. Zeppelin could potentially contain 152 MMboe.
Planned TD is 2,300 m (7,546 ft) below MSL.