STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Lundin Norway has proved more oil near its Edvard Grieg development in the central Norwegian North Sea.
The semisubmersible Bredford Dolphin drilled well 16/4-9 S on the Luno II North prospect on the southwestern flank of the Utsira High, roughly 15 km (9.3 mi) south of the Edvard Grieg field and 4 km (2.5 mi) northwest of the Luno II discovery well, 16/4-6 S.
The well encountered a 23-m (75-ft) oil column in Jurassic/Triassic conglomeratic sandstones. Pressure data indicates that petroleum system is different to that evidenced in the Luno II discovery. A drillstem test in the oil zone flowed 1,000 b/d through a 32/64-in. choke.
Lundin estimates resources for Luno II North at 12-26 MMboe. A potential development could involve combining Luno II North and the 27-71-MMboe Luno II as a subsea tieback to the Edvard Grieg infrastructure.
This was the fourth appraisal well drilled on license PL359 since it was awarded in 2006. Water depth was 100 m (328 ft).
Bredford Dolphin now heads to the Norwegian Sea to drill wildcat well 6306/5-2 in PL642 for Repsol Exploration Norge.
In the Barents Sea, the semisub Island Innovator should soon spud exploration well 7220/6-2 for Lundin on PL609 in block 7220/6, targeting the Neiden prospect.
Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway, which approved the well, expects drilling to last for 40 days.
Additionally, PSA has granted Statoil consent to use new pipelines and subsea production facilities on the Åsgard field in the central Norwegian Sea, in 200-300 m (656-984 ft) of water.
Åsgard comprises the Smørbukk, Smørbukk Sør and Midgard fields, developed via subsea completed wells tied back to an oil production and storage vessel, Åsgard A, and Åsgard B, a gas/condensate-processing semisubmersible.