Equinor drills dry well near Fram field in North Sea

18 May 2020 (Last Updated May 18th, 2020 12:56)

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has reported that Equinor concluded the drilling of wildcat well 35/10-6 near the Fram field in the northern part of the North Sea.

Equinor drills dry well near Fram field in North Sea
Equinor used the West Hercules drilling rig, but came up dry. Credit: Ole Jørgen Bratland/Equinor ASA.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has reported Equinor has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 35/10-6, near the Fram field in the northern North Sea.

Equinor operates the well, located in production licence 827 S. It was drilled about 20km northwest of the Fram field, and about 145km northwest of Bergen.

According to the NPD, the objective of the well was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Early Eocene as well as Late Palaeocene Age.

In a press statement, NPD said: “Sandstones were not encountered in the Balder Formation. In the Sele Formation, sandstones were encountered with a thickness of about 40 metres with good to very good reservoir properties.”

NPD said the well is dry and data acquisition has been carried out.

The 35/10-6 well is the first well in production licence 827 S, drilled to a vertical depth of 1907m by the West Hercules drilling rig. It has now been plugged and abandoned.

The West Hercules rig will be now be deployed to drill the 30/2-5 S well in Equinor-operated production licence 878 in the North Sea.

In February this year, Equinor commissioned a new gas module for the Troll C platform in the UK North Sea, which will improve production from the Fram field.

In January, Equinor announced plans to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated at offshore fields and onshore plants in Norway.