Shell North Sea well comes up dry

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U.S oil major Shell, operator of the Edinburgh exploration well (30/14a- 5), has failed to hit commercial quantities of hydrocarbons at the prospect, along with partners DNO and Spirit Energy. The well, drilled in offshore UK license P255, is being plugged and abandoned.

DNO said on Friday that the well was drilled to a total depth of 16,500 feet and encountered two sandstones of Jurassic age, but wireline logging indicated no movable hydrocarbons within the sandstones.

The well was drilled through a joint well agreement covering four separate, contiguous licenses, of which two are in the UK (P255 and P2401) and two in Norway (PL018ES and PL969).

Data collected will be integrated with existing seismic data and further studies will be undertaken to assess the remaining potential within the licenses.


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