E.ON Ruhrgas Norge has encountered dry wells at the Skarv field in production licence 350, in the Norwegian Sea. Wildcat wells 6507/6-4 S and 6507/6-4 A will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

The wells were drilled 10km south-east of the Skarv field to prove petroleum in Upper Triassic (grey beds) and Permian reservoir rocks, corresponding to the Foldvik Creek Group in East Greenland.

Well 6507/6-4 S encountered Upper Triassic reservoir rocks with reservoir quality, while well 6507/6-4 A did not encounter the expected reservoir rocks.

E.ON carried out sampling in well 6507/6-4 A while extensive data acquisition took place in both wells. These are the first two exploration wells in production licence 350.

Well 6507/6-4 S was drilled to a vertical depth of 1,333m below the sea surface and was terminated in Upper Triassic rocks (red beds), while well 6507/6-4 A was drilled to a vertical depth of 4,391m and was terminated in Permian/pre-Permian rocks.

Borgland Dolphin drilled both wells and will now proceed to drill wildcat well 6407/1-5 in Wintershell’s production licence 475 BS/CS in the Norwegian Sea.