Four exploration wells and one appraisal well were active in Norway at the end of September. Three wells were completed and one well spudded in September.
The Aker BP-operated 30/12-2 Nipa exploration well was spudded on August 14 with the Deepsea Stavanger rig. The well was targeting pre-drill resources of 35-115 mmboe but failed to find hydrocarbons and was abandoned as a dry hole.
ConocoPhillips spudded the Busta exploration well 25/7-7 on August 29 with the Leiv
The well is targeting pre-drill resources in the range 54-199 mmboe and has an estimated duration of 47 days in the dry hole case.
On August 30 Aker BP spudded its Kark exploration well 2/1-17 S with the Maersk Interceptor. Pre-drill resources are reported to be in the range of 15-48 mmboe.
Equinor’s Gladsheim exploration well 32/4-2 was spudded on September 9, then re-spudded as 32/4-3 S on September 23. The well is being drilled with the West Hercules. Partner Lundin has reported gross pre-drill resources of 96 mmboe.
Equinor’s 6407/3-2 S Lanterna exploration well was spudded on August 6 with the West Hercules rig. The well failed to find hydrocarbons and was abandoned as a dry hole.
Equinor spudded its Orn prospect 6507/2-5 S exploration well on July 23. The well
was successful in making a commercial gas discovery in the primary target, with resources of 300-528 bcf.
The Skarv field infrastructure is the most likely tie-back host.
PGNiG spudded its first operated well in Norway on August 30, targeting pre-drill resources in the range of 10-22 mmboe in the Middle Jurassic Garn Formation Shrek prospect.
Operations on OMV’s long-running Iris/Hades appraisal well 6506/11-11 S with the Deepsea Bergen rig remain ongoing.
The initial well is expected to have a duration of between 75 and 120 days, depending on the result and has been active now for four months.
With the completion of Equinor’s Sputnik exploration well in August, which was abandoned as a minor oil discovery, there is no current drilling in the Barents Sea.
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