Neptune Energy Starts Drilling Ofelia Exploration Well in Norway

Neptune Energy Starts Drilling Ofelia Exploration Well in Norway

Drilling has begun on the Ofelia exploration well in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, according to a Neptune Energy announcement.

The well, 35/6-3 S, is being drilled by the Deepsea Yantai, a semi-submersible rig, owned by CIMC and operated by Odfjell Drilling. The Ofelia prospect is located 13 kilometres north of the Gjøa field within the Neptune-operated PL929 Licence.

The Ofelia prospect might be connected to the Neptune-operated Gja platform in the event of a commercial discovery and produce at less than half the typical carbon intensity of Norwegian Continental Shelf fields.

Neptune Energy’s Director of Subsurface in Norway, Steinar Meland, said: “Ofelia is an interesting prospect and fits our exploration strategy of focusing on opportunities within core areas near existing infrastructure.

“In case of a discovery, Ofelia could potentially be developed in parallel with Hamlet, resulting in a low cost and carbon efficient development.”

Ofelia is located in a key region of Neptune and is adjacent to current facilities. It is anticipated that a depth of about 2,570 metres would be reached before reaching the reservoir target, which is the Lower Cretaceous Agat Formation.



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