Norway: Barents duster finds reservoir rock

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Jan. 5
– Eni Norge AS, operator of Production License 489 in the Barents Sea off Norway, will plug the 7120/12-5 wildcat as a dry hole even though it encountered rocks of reservoir quality.

The well, in 187 m of water 50 km west of Goliat field and 115 km northwest of Hammerfest, was drilled to search for hydrocarbons in Jurassic and Triassic reservoir rocks of the Sto, Snadd, and Kobbe formations.

It encountered rocks of medium reservoir quality in the Sto and Snadd formations, but the Kobbe formation was poorer than expected. The well, first on the license, was classified as dry. Comprehensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out, said the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

The well went to a true vertical depth of 3,605 m below sea level. Drilling stopped 60 m into the Kobbe formation.

The Polar Pioneer rig will move to PL 488 in the Barents where Statoil Petroleum AS will drill the 7119/12-4 wildcat.



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