Optimus prospect comes up dry in the Norwegian North Sea

Source: Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Talisman Energy Norge AS, operator of production license 332 in the Norwegian North Sea, has completed the drilling of wildcat well 2/2-6 at the Optimus prospect. 

The well, which was dry, was drilled about 24 kilometers southeast of the Gyda field in the North Sea.
The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Ula formation). Reservoir sandstone was not encountered. 

This is the first exploration well in production license 332 on the Optimus prospect. The license was awarded in APA 2004. 

Well 2/2-6 was drilled to a vertical depth of 4062 meters below the sea surface, and was terminated in rocks equivalent to the Ula formation in the Upper Jurassic. Water depth at the site is 64 meters. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned. 

The well was drilled by the Maersk Guardian drilling rig, which will now proceed to production license 406 in the North Sea to drill wildcat well 9/1-1 for Premier Oil Norge AS.

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