Lundin's Børselv in Barents comes up dry

Ocean Rig's Leiv Eiriksson

Yet another Barents Sea prospect has come up dry. Lundin Petroleum confirmed today that an exploration well on the Børselv prospect in PL609 on the Loppa High in the southern Barents Sea was a duster.

The main objective of exploration well 7220/6-3 was to test the reservoir properties and hydrocarbon potential of Permian-Carboniferous carbonate reservoirs, Lundin said. The well encountered a 380m thick sequence of carbonates with medium- to poor reservoir quality. Oil shows were found, but the reservoir was water bearing.

Extensive data acquisition was carried out in the reservoir, including conventional coring.

The well was drilled with the semisubmersible drilling rig Leiv Eiriksson to a total depth of 1275m below mean sea level and in a water depth of 450m. The drilling rig will now proceed to drill the Hufsa prospect in PL533.

Lundin Norway operates PL609 with a 40% working interest. Lundin's partners are DEA Norge and Idemitsu Petroleum Norge  with 30% working interest each.

Eni announced on Wednesday, 27 September, that its own Barents well came up dry. This wildcat was 10km southwest of Eni's producing Goliat oilfield, to the northwest of Hammerfest.

Last month, the most anticipated Barents prospect, Statoil's Korpfjell, similarly had disappointing results. Despite that non-commercial discovery, Statoil and partners vowed to press on, planning a second commitment well in the Korpfjell licence PL 859.

“The results are of course disappointing, but it is too early to draw any conclusions on how this will impact the Barents Sea southeast area,” said Jez Averty, Statoil’s head of exploration in Norway and the UK, in late August of the Korpfjell results.

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