Scottish operator Cairn Energy has announced that its wildcat well Chimera has come up dry.
Drilling work on the North Sea prospect started in August, undertaken by Nautical Petroleum, a subsidiary of Cairn Energy at the Chimera North Sea prospect.
Chimera is located east of Shetland, near the Ninian field.
The firm said the “objective” of the drilling was to prove hydrocarbons in Paleocene Heimdal Sandstones within the Lista Formation.
Cairn confirmed this morning that the well is dry.
The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.
The well was drilled 25 miles north of the Kraken field, 86 miles east of Lerwick, and just under 250 miles north of Aberdeen.
Nautical Petroleum, a subsidiary of Cairn Energy, was awarded a 100% operated interest in the licence in the UK 29th Offshore Licensing Round in 2017.
Cairn subsequently farmed out a 40% non-operated interest to Suncor Energy UK Limited in 2018, and a further 15% non-operated interest to DNO North Sea (U.K.) Limited in 2019.
The Chimera wildcat well was drilled by the Stena Don mobile offshore drilling unit.