Eni Norge’s wildcat well failed to recover any hydrocarbons.
The well, which was drilled about 80 km northwest of the 7220/8-1 Johan Castberg discovery in the Barents Sea, is dry.
The primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in Middle and Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks. The secondary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Triassic reservoir rock; however, the drilling on the secondary target was contingent on sucess in the primary.
Instead, the well encountered about 60 metres of dense sandstone rocks in the Stø og Nordmela formations.
This is the first exploration well in production licence 716. The licence was awarded in 2013 in the 22nd licensing round.
Well 7318/12-2 was drilled to a vertical depth of 3501 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the Nordmela formation in the Lower Jurassic.
Water depth is 418 metres. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned.
Well 7318/12-2 was drilled by Scarabeo 8, which will now drill a development well on the Goliat field in the Barents Sea, where Eni Norge AS is the operator.