STATOILHYDRO’S exploration well drilled on the Noatun prospect 16km north of the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea has encountered gas and condensate. A sidetrack is to be drilled in the well to assess whether the find is worth exploiting.
The company said its objective in drilling the well in block 6407/7 was to prove gas/condensate in the middle/lower Jurassic reservoirs in the Noatun prospect. Drilled with the semi-submersible drilling rig, West Alpha, the well struck gas/condensates at the prospective Jurassic range.
The well has been formation tested using mini-DST, and extensive data and samples have been collected. A flank sidetrack will be drilled to confirm the gas/water contact and the size of the find.
The Noatun well was drilled to a vertical depth of 5,110m below the sea surface.