Lunding Norway’s wildcat well has helped bolster the prospects of its Alta development.
The well was dilled by the Leiv Eiriksson drilling rig in the southern Barents Sea, approximately 2 km south of the original Alta discovery well 7220/11-1 and approximately 2.5 km north of the previous appraisal well 7220/11-3.
The well encountered a gross hydrocarbon column of 48 metres, comprising 4 metres of gas and 44 metres of oil in a sequence of Permian-Triassic clastic carbonate sediments.
Chief executive Alex Schneitier said: “I am pleased with the good well results from Alta-4 which confirm very good reservoir properties, communication across the large Alta structure and excellent production rates. We will now proceed to plan a possible extended well test for 2018, which is the next step in moving the significant Alta discovery towards development.”
A production test was performed in the oil zone, producing at a stabilised rate of 6,050 barrels of oil per day with low pressure drawdown and constrained by rig testing facilities. The production test confirmed very good reservoir properties and good lateral continuity within the Permian-Triassic clastic reservoirs.
Lundin Norway is the operator of PL609 with a 40 percent working interest. The partners are DEA Norge AS and Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS with 30 percent working interest each.