Lundin Norway has reported that the wildcat well 16/4-10 it has been drilling in the central part of the North Sea in production licence 544 is dry.

The well is being drilled 10km south-west of the 16/4-6 S oil discovery using the Island Innovator drilling facility and is the second exploration well in production licence 544, which was awarded in APA 2009.

Drilled to a vertical depth of 2,638m below the sea surface, the well was terminated in the lower Triassic smith bank formation.

Drilling was aimed at proving petroleum in upper Jurassic reservoir rocks known as the Ula formation.

"Lundin will now permanently plug and abandon the well."

Well 16/4-10 encountered 160m of aquiferous sandstones in the upper Jurassic to middle Triassic, with 90m primarily in the middle Jurassic sleipner formation of good reservoir quality.

The well also encountered 75m of reservoir rocks with good reservoir quality in the paleocene ty formation, in addition to tracing petroleum in the sleipner formation.

Lundin performed extensive data acquisition and sampling.

Water depths of the site are 95m and Lundin will now permanently plug and abandon the well.

Lundin secured the drilling permit for well 16/4-10 from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) in November 2015.

The company operates production licence 544 with an ownership interest of 40%. The other licensees are Bayerngas Norge and Lime Petroleum Norway, each owning 30%.

Image: The 16/4-10 well is the second in production licence 544. Photo: courtesy of Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.