27 May 2015, News Wires – Fresh wildcats are on the radar screen off Norway later this year for explorers Statoil and Shell, which have now filed applications with the authorities to drill the pair of probes.
State-owned Statoil aims to drill a well at the Sigrun East prospect in the North Sea using semi-submersible Songa Trym, with an earliest spud date of December and estimated duration of 85 days including a possible sidetrack.
The 15/3-10 probe will be sunk in a water depth of about 110 metres across production licences 025 and 187, both operated by Statoil, about 40 kilometres north of the producing Volve oilfield.
It is targeting commercial resources in the Draupne and Hugin formations at the prospect.
Statoil operates the licences with 51%, alongside partners GDF Suez (25%) and OMV (24%).
Shell meanwhile has lined up a wildcat at the Portrush prospect in the Norwegian Sea that is due to be spudded in early August using semisub Transocean Barents.
The 6407/10-5 will be drilled to a targeted total depth of 3120 metres at the prospect in Shell-operated PL793, about 29 kilometres south-west of the Draugen field, and is expected to take 48 days.
The Anglo-Dutch supermajor holds a 40% operating stake in the licence with partners VNG, Faroe Petroleum and Petoro on 20% apiece.
Further wells are planned in the Norwegian Sea at the Rosapenna and Slynge prospects, to be drilled by Statoil and Centrica respectively, in the wake of VNG’s success with the Pil & Bue discoveries in the region where the German player has probes lined up at the Boomerang and Blink prospects later this summer.