Westwood Global Energy reports thatthere were four exploration and one
appraisal well programmes active as of July 1.
No exploration or appraisal well programme was completed and
three exploration well programmes spudded in June.
Neptune spudded the 34/4-15 S Dugong exploration well using the Deepsea Yantai semi-submersible. The exploration well is targeting the Middle Jurassic Brent Group within a stratigraphic trap with additional fault closure. The well is estimated to take up to 97 days.
The 34/7-E-4 AH Lomre well was entered by Equinor on June 8 using the Transocean Norge semi-submersible. The exploration well is being sidetracked from a
development well located at the Vigdis E subsea template, targeting a Middle Jurassic Brent Group fault block to the SW of the Snore and Vigdis fields.
Equinor kicked off the 34/7-I-10 AH well from the Tordis I template on May 16 with the Deepsea Atlantic semi-submersible. The production well was using an old injector well slot that was plugged on May 6.
The exploration sidetrack was planned to be drilled to the north-east of the template and was targeting a Lower Jurassic – Upper Triassic Statfjord reservoir, which does not currently produce at Tordis. The well was completed on May 28 and encountered oil, but no further information was released.
The well has now been linked by the NPD to the 1993 34/7-22 Tordis Ost discovery.
Equinor spudded the 30/2-5 S Atlantis well on May 13 using the
West Hercules semi-submersible.
The well is targeting gas condensate in a HPHT Middle Jurassic Brent Group
reservoir. Operations are expected to last up to 78 days.
OMV spudded the 6506/11-12 S Hades appraisal well on May 30 using the Island Innovator semisubmersible. Hades was a Lower Cretaceous discovery made by the same 6506/11-10 well as the Middle Jurassic Iris discovery in 2018.
Iris was subsequently appraised in 2019. The Hades well is targeting
Lower Cretaceous Lange Formation turbidites. NPD quote resources
for the Iris Hades discovery as 114 mmboe as of February 2020.
Operations are due to last 66 days if dry and 98 days if successful.
The Spirit Energy-operated 7321/8-2S Sandia exploration well spudded on June 1 using the Leiv Eiriksson semi-submersible rig.
The well is targeting the Middle Jurassic-Upper Triassic Realgrunnen sub-group in
a tilted fault block trap. The well is expected to complete in 42 days if dry and 60 days if successful, including a geological sidetrack. Sandia is the first Barents Sea well since Equinor’s Sputnik well completed in August 2019.