Spirit Energy strikes out north of Oda field

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Spirit Energy Norge a drilling permit for wildcat well 8/10-7 S in production licence PL 405. The purpose of these two wells is to investigate a prospect that Spirit Energy has named ‘Cassidy’.

NPD said on Monday that the drilling program for well 8/10-7 S, for which the permit was awarded, relates to the drilling of two wildcat wells in production license 405. According to Faroe, the well will target a prospect in the same Jurassic Ula Formation as seen in the Oda Field.

The well was drilled about 5 km north of Oda field in the southern part of the North Sea. Spirit Energy Norge is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The consent applies to exploration drilling with a sidetrack, well testing and associated appraisal well.

The well encountered the Ula formation of about 15 m, of which effective reservoir rocks in sandstone intervals totaling 7 m, with poor reservoir properties.

The total expected vertical depth of the well is approximately 3,056 meters, in a water depth of 66 meters. The well is being drilled by the Mærsk Interceptor jack-up rig. The area in this licence consists of parts of Block 8/10. The well will be drilled about 5 kms north of the 8/10-4 S Oda field.

The drilling location is in the southern North Sea, around 15 km from the Ula field. The area in this license consists of parts of block 8/10. This is the seventh exploration well in production license 405. The licence was awarded in APA in 2006.

Cassidy offers high-value upside for the Oda field development as well as potential to unlock further exploration prospectivity to the north of the Oda field. Production licence PL 405 was awarded on 16 February 2007 in APA 2006. This is the seventh well to be drilled in the licence.

Drilling of the wells is scheduled to start on 10 November. The drilling operations are expected to last for 162 days. It is worth reminding that Spirit Energy received consent from the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority last week to use the Maersk Interceptor on the two wells.

Water depth at the site is 66 m. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. The permit is contingent on the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity.

Maersk Interceptor was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in December 2014. In the southern part of the North Sea, more specifically in production licence 033, where Aker BP ASA is the operator.

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