Equinor Wildcat Comes Up Empty

A large gas prospect offshore Norway fails to deliver

Deepsea Stavanger semisubmersible.
Deepsea Stavanger semisubmersible.

Equinor will plug and abandon its Cambozola exploration well in License PL1049 offshore Norway after failing to encounter commercial hydrocarbons. Exploration well 34/9-1S was targeting Lower Cretaceous turbidite sand lobes in the northern North Sea and had the potential to be a play opener, according to well partner Longboat Energy.

The exploration will continue with the Oswig and Copernicus wells, both expected to spud this summer.

The Cambozola well was drilled to a total vertical depth of 4393 m using Odjfell Drilling semisubmersible Deepsea Stavanger. Background gas readings were recorded throughout the overlying section, but the well failed to encounter effective reservoir. Equinor is analyzing the data collected to understand the observed bright seismic amplitude anomaly and any remaining Lower Cretaceous prospectivity in the area.

Longboat had previously referred to Cambozola as a potential play opener and one of the largest gas prospects to be drilled in Norway in 2022. Gross unrisked mean prospective resources for the entire Cambozola prospect have been estimated at 159 million BOE.