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Cairn comes up dry with Norwegian wildcat

Company's first operated well off Norway fails to find pay

UK-based operator Cairn Energy has drilled a dry well on the Lynghaug prospect in production licence 758 in the Norwegian Sea.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate revealed that wildcat well 6508/1-3 had reached a total depth of 1663 metres and hit roughly 170 metres of alternating layers of sandstone, claystone and coal in the objective Are formation.

While 50 metres of the sandstone was deemed to contain “very good reservoir quality”, there were no traces of oil in the well which will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

The well was drilled using the semi-submersible Transocean Arctic about six kilometres south-east of Equinor’s Norne field and was Cairn’s first operated wildcat off Norway.

The rig will now move to production licence 842, which also lies in the Norwegian Sea, to drill the 6608/11-9 exploration well on the Godalen prospect for Cairn.

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