As of 19 December, Westwood Global Energy reports that there are three exploration wells active, with one in the Barents Sea, one in the Norwegian Sea, and one in the North Sea. One exploration well is suspended.
Since the previous report, two exploration well programs have completed at Calypso and Othello North, and three exploration wells have spudded at Lupa, Obelix Upflank and Røver Sør.
The 31/1-3 S Røver Sør well, operated by Equinor, was spudded on 1 December with the Transocean Spitsbergen semi-sub. The well is targeting Middle Jurassic Brent Group and Lower Jurassic Cook Formation plays in a structural trap, similar to the nearby Røver Nord discovery. Pre-drill resources are quoted as 35 mmboe.
The Equinor-operated 6507/8-11 S Othello North well completed on 24 November, after being spudded on 24 October with the Deepsea Stavanger semi-sub. The well encountered 206m (676ft) of good quality reservoir in the Lower Jurassic – Upper Triassic Åre Formation and Upper Triassic Grey Beds, with only trace hydrocarbons. The well was P&A dry.
The 6407/8-8 S Calypso well, operated by Neptune, was completed on 10 December, after being spudded on 3 November with the Deepsea Yantai semi-sub. In the Middle Jurassic Garn Formation primary target, the well encountered an 8m (26ft) gas column and 30m (98ft) oil column in a gross 131m (430ft) reservoir with good to very good quality. The OWC was encountered at 2,998m (9,836ft). The well also encountered water wet sandstones in the Ile Formation and Tilje Formation secondary targets. The well was P&A oil and gas discovery.
The Equinor-operated 6605/1-2 S Obelix Upflank well was spudded on 27 November with the Deepsea Stavanger semi-sub. The well is targeting the Upper Cretaceous Springar Formation in a trap “up-flank” of the 6605/1-1 Obelix well drilled by Statoil in 2008 – 2009 which encountered good quality reservoir in Maastrichtian turbidites but had no shows. Pre-drill resources were quoted as 42.1 mmboe in a c. March 2020 OMV relinquishment report.
The Vår Energi-operated 7122/8-1 S Countach well was spudded on 18 November with the Transocean Enabler semi-sub. The well is primarily targeting the Triassic Kobbe Formation. Pre-drill resources are quoted as 41 mmboe. The well is part of a batch drilling program with the 7122/9-1 Lupa well and was suspended on c. 22 November.
The 7122/9-1 Lupa well, operated by Vår Energi, was spudded on 23 November with the Transocean Enabler semi-sub. The well is targeting the Triassic Havert Formation in an under-explored play. Pre-drill resources are quoted as 85 mmboe. The well is part of a batch drilling program with the 7122/8-1 S Countach well.
Var Energi has since confirmed a discovery at Lupa.