Equinor, the prominent Norwegian oil and gas company, has completed the drilling of its first wildcat well, 6307/1-2, situated 36 kilometers south of the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea. Unfortunately, the well has been confirmed as dry.
The drilling took place in the production license 1058, which was awarded in the 2019 Awards in Pre-defined Areas (APA) round. The water depth at the drilling site was 312 meters, and the well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. Odfjell Drilling's Deepsea Stavanger drilling rig was utilized for this operation.
The primary aim of the drilling was to establish the existence of petroleum in Triassic reservoir rocks, specifically the Red Layer, and to assess various aspects including cap rock, reservoir quality, and fluid properties.
The analysis revealed that the well encountered predominantly poor to no reservoir quality sandstones, conglomerates, intermittent silt, and clay stones. Although the well wasn't tested for formation, Equinor conducted extensive data acquisition and sampling during the drilling process.
Drilled to a vertical depth of 2283 meters below sea level, the well terminated in sandstones within the presumed Red Layer of the Middle Triassic. The Petroleum Safety Authority granted Equinor permission to undertake the drilling activity back in August, with the drilling prospect referred to as JDE.
Despite the disappointing results of this initial drilling venture, Equinor remains actively engaged in exploration and drilling activities in the Norwegian Sea, aiming to uncover potential petroleum resources for future production and development.