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July 8, 2022

Shell fails to discover hydrocarbons in North Sea well

Shell, along with its partners DNO and Spirit Energy, has failed to find hydrocarbons in the North Sea

By Smruthi Nadig

A North Sea exploration well is being sealed and abandoned after Shell failed to find large amounts of hydrocarbons for commercial use. 

Shell is the operator for the Edinburgh exploration well (30/14a- 5), with DNO and Spirit Energy serving as partners in the venture. Shell originally formed a partnership with Spirit Energy and Faroe Petroleum around several blocks in early 2019, with DNO entering the licence following its acquisition of Faroe Petroleum later that year. 

The well was drilled in offshore UK licence P255, having been drilled by Shell as part of a joint well arrangement encompassing four different, contiguous licences, two of which are in the UK (P255 and P2401) and two in Norway (PL018ES and PL969).

DNO announced on Friday that the well is being plugged and abandoned after commercial quantities of hydrocarbons were not discovered in the prospect. The well was sunk to a total depth of 16,500 feet and encountered two Jurassic-age sandstones; however, wireline logging revealed no moveable hydrocarbons.

DNO decided that the acquired data would be combined with current seismic data, and additional studies will be conducted to analyse the remaining potential within the licences.

Shell also failed to find hydrocarbons in its Jaws exploration well located in the UK North Sea earlier this year. 

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