Statoil Petroleum will plug and permanently abandon wildcat well 15/8-2, which was drilled 8km west of the Sleipner Vest field in the North Sea.

The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 4,631m below the sea surface and was terminated in the Sleipner formation in the Middle Jurassic.

The purpose of the operation was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks, but the well was found to be dry.

This is the seventh exploration well in production licence 303, which was awarded in APA 2003.

The well was drilled by the COSL Pioneer drilling facility at a water depth of 119m.