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Lanterna duster for Equinor

Latest wildcat in Norwegian Sea fails to deliver discovery for state-controlled operator

A wildcat drilled at the Lanterna prospect in the Norwegian Sea has failed to deliver the goods for explorer Equinor.

The 6407/3-2S probe was drilled by semi-submersible West Hercules in a water depth of 236 metres in Equinor-operated production licence 796B, about eight kilometres north-east of the state-controlled operator’s Mikkel field.

The well encountered its primary target in Lower to Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks in the Garn, Not, Ile, Tofte, Tilje and Aare formations with a thickness of 625 metres.

Although about 300 metres comprised of sandstones of “good to excellent reservoir quality”, the well was classified as dry by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

It was the first well to be drilled in the licence and has now been permanently plugged and abandoned.

The Seadrill-owned rig will now be mobilised to drill wildcat 32/4-2 at the Gladsheim prospect in Equinor-operated PL921 in the North Sea.

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