Exploration well 7220/7-4 is the 1st of 4 planned exploration wells for Equinor in the Barents Sea this year
Oslo, March 10 - Neftegaz.RU.
Equinor and partners Vår Energi and Petoro have struck oil in exploration well 7220/7-4 in production licence 532 in the Barents Sea.
Recoverable resources are so far estimated at between 5 and 8 million standard cubic metres of recoverable oil, corresponding to 31-50 million barrels of recoverable oil.
«Succeeding in the Barents Sea requires perseverance and a long-term perspective. This discovery strengthens our belief in the opportunities that exist, not least around the Castberg, Wisting, Snøhvit and Goliat areas,» says Nick Ashton, Equinor’s senior vice president for exploration in Norway.
The well was drilled about 10 kilometres southwest from the well 7220/8-1 on the Johan Castberg field, and 210 kilometres northwest of Hammerfest.
Well struck 109 metres of oil in the Stø and Nordmela formations.
The top reservoir was encountered at a vertical depth of 1788 metres below sea level.
The expected gas cap was not encountered in the well.
Exploration well was not formation tested, but extensive data acquisition and sampling took place.
Well was drilled to a vertical depth of 2080 metres below sea level and completed in the Tubåen formation from the Early Jurassic period in 351 metres of water.
Now the well been permanently plugged and abandoned.
Well 7220/7-4 was drilled by the Transocean Enabler drilling rig, which will now return to and continue drilling on the Equinor-operated Johan Castberg field.
Exploration well 7220/7-4 is the 1st
of 4 planned exploration wells for Equinor in the Barents Sea this year (as operator or partner).
In production licence 532 this is the 11th
The licence was awarded in the 20th licensing round in 2009.
Further development of the discovery towards the planned infrastructure for the Johan Castberg field will be considered at a later stage.
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