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Faroe Petroleum's 6506/11-9 S Cooper well in the Norwegian Sea encountered oil in a 59 m (193 ft) gross section within the Garn formation and 10 m (32 ft) within the Ile formation. In addition, oil was encountered in thin sand stringers within in the Cretaceous Lysing and Lange formations.
A formation drillstem test (DST) has been performed on the Garn formation, however no hydrocarbons flowed to surface. Several formation and pressure tests were also carried out and confirmed restricted flow within the reservoir, however no interpretation of potential fluid contacts was possible.
The partnership will now evaluate these Jurassic and Cretaceous discoveries, together with the results from the DST and how this will impact the remaining license potential
Centrica, operates the well, with 40% interest; Suncor, 30%; and Faroe Petroleum, 30%.
The primary target for the well was to prove up hydrocarbons in the Middle Jurassic Garn, Ile, Tofte and Tilje formations. The secondary target was to prove up hydrocarbons in the Cretaceous Lysing and Lange formations.
The Cooper well is the first exploration well within the Production License 477. The well, which is now being plugged and abandoned, was drilled to a vertical depth of 4,954 m (16,253 ft) below sea level and was completed in the Lower Jurassic Åre formation.
Graham Stewart, chief executive of Faroe Petroleum, commented, "We will continue to evaluate the large amount of data that has been collected in the Cooper well to try to resolve why the Garn formation is tight and whether this is likely to be a local or a field wide reservoir phenomenon. It is a testament to the technical team at Faroe who identified the Cooper prospect and have again delivered, on prognosis, a discovery of hydrocarbons in multiple horizons.”