Statoil drills duster near Gina Krog field
Norway’s Statoil has completed the drilling of wildcat well 15/6-14 S near the Gina Krog field in the North Sea. The well is dry. The well is located in production license 029 C where Statoil is the operator. It was drilled on behalf of the Gina Krog Unit in production license 029 C just north of the Gina Krog field in the central part of the North Sea, about 250 kilometers west of Stavanger. Gina Krog came on stream in June 2017.According to a statement on Thursday by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), the objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Hugin formation) and to conduct extensive data acquisition, in the event of a discovery.The well encountered about 15 meters of sandstone in the Hugin formation, with moderate to poor reservoir quality. The well is dry. Data acquisition and sampling have been carried out.This is the first exploration well in production license 029 C, which was awarded on October 17, 2012, after the carve-out from production license 029.The well was drilled to respective vertical and measured depths of 3850 and 4620 meters below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Sleipner formation in the Middle Jurassic. Water depth at the site is 114 meters. The well has been permanently plugged and abandoned.It was drilled with the Maersk Integrator jack-up drilling rig. Statoil received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to drill the well with the Maersk Integrator in August 2017. The drilling permit was granted by the NPD in October.The Maersk Drilling-owned jack-up will now continue to drill development wells on the Gina Krog field.