Norwegian Shelf

Lundin Norway, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lundin Petroleum, has drilled appraisal well 16/3-5 in PL501 on the Johan Sverdrup discovery in the North Sea.

The well, which is part of the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), is located in the south-eastern part of the Johan Sverdrup discovery.

The new well will be drilled to confirm the depth, quality and thickness of the Jurassic reservoir sequences on the south-eastern side of the Avaldsnes crest area, about three kilometres south of appraisal well 16/3-4 and three kilometres east of appraisal well 16/2-7.

In 2011, Lundin Norway had drilled these wells as the first appraisal wells in PL501 on the discovery, lying in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).

Spudding of the new well will begin soon, in order to establish a calibration point for the depth to top reservoir in the field and also for the nature of the sub-cropping sediments, said Lundin.

Lundwin Norway plans to deploy the semi-submersible drilling rig Bredford Dolphin to drill the well to a total depth of about 2,025m below mean sea level, within an estimated time period of 45 days.

Lundin Petroleum holds the operatorship of PL501 with 40% working interest, while other partners involved include Statoil Petroleum and Mærsk Oil Norway, each holding 40% and 20% interest respectively.

Earlier, in December 2012, Lundin Norway completed the drilling of appraisal well 16/2-16 on the north-eastern flank of the Johan Sverdrup discovery, located about three kilometres away from the discovery wells 16/2-6 and 16/2-13A in PL501 and 16/2-10 in PL265.

Image: Oil and gas activity on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Photo courtesy of Daf-de.