Rig: Bredford Dolphin

Name Bredford Dolphin
Owner Bredford Dolphin Pte. Ltd.
Manager Dolphin Drilling Ltd.
Rig Type Semisub
Sub Type Midwater Floater
Jackup Type --
Max Water Depth (ft) 1500
Max Drill Depth (ft) 25000
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Leg Length (ft) --
Competitive Yes

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Drilling Equipment

Drawworks Type National Oilwell Varco ADS 30Q
Drawworks HP 2400
Mud Pumps Type Gardner Denver PZ-11 Triplex
Top Drive National Oilwell Varco TDS-4S
Hookload Capacity (lbs) 1000000

Rig Construction Details

Rig Design Aker
Rig Model H-3
Year Built 1976
Country of Build Norway
Yard Name Verdal Shipyard
Group Yard Name Aker ASA

Rig Contract Details

Operating Status Retired
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News

23 Dec 2015

Delineation of the 16/1-12 oil discovery (Edvard Grieg South) in the North Sea - 16/1-25 S

Lundin Norway AS, operator of production licence 338 C, has completed the drilling of exploration well 16/1-25 S. The well was initially classified as a wildcat well, but will now be reclassified as an appraisal well. The well was drilled about six kilometres south of the Edvard Grieg field in the central part of the North Sea, about three kilometres south of the 16/1-12 discovery, 190 km west of Stavanger. The discovery was proven in basement rocks in 2009. After drilling the discovery well, the operator's resource estimate for the discovery was between three and eight million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable oil. The objective of the well was to prove oil in thin sandstone layers in Upper Jurassic / Lower Cretaceous reservoir rocks, and in the underlying jointed, porous granitic basement rock. Upper Jurassic/Lower Cretaceous reservoir rocks were not present. The well encountered an oil column of about 30 metres in jointed, porous basement rock, with reservoir quality varying from poor to moderate, depending on the degree of fracturing. The oil/water contact was encountered at 1927 metres below the sea surface. Collected pressure data shows communication with the 16/1-12 oil discovery, with approximately the same oil/water contact. Preliminary estimates place the size of the discovery between two and seven million Sm3 of recoverable oil. The licensees will assess the discovery with a view towards a tie-in to the Edvard Grieg field. Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. Several formation tests (a DST, 5 mini-DSTs and a fracture/injection test) have been conducted. The production rate from DST was 42 Sm3 of oil per flow day through a 36/64-inch nozzle opening. The oil is under-saturated with a gas/oil ratio of 180 Sm3/Sm3. The formation tests (DST and mini-DST) mainly revealed moderate production and flow properties. Due to poor communication from the well to the porous, fractured basement rock, paraffin was injected in a minor fracturing and injection test, which yielded stable rates of 1000 Sm3 per day. This is the second exploration well to be drilled in production licence 338 C, which was carved out of production licence 338 and awarded on 16 December 2014. Well 16/1-25 S was drilled to respective vertical and measured depths of 2096 and 2185 metres below the sea surface, and was terminated in granitic basement rock. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned. Water depth at the site is 106 metres. The well was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility.

22 Dec 2015

Oil discovery in the Rolvsnes prospect, offshore Norway

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (Lundin Norway) has completed the Rolvsnes exploration well 16/1-25 S as an oil discovery. The well is located in PL338C south of the Edvard Grieg field in the central North Sea sector of the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The well is located on the southwestern flank of the Utsira High, approximately 6 km south of the Lundin Petroleum operated Edvard Grieg field and 3 km south of the Edvard Grieg South discovery. The well encountered a gross oil column of 30 metres in porous granitic basement. Pressure data and oil type indicate that the petroleum system is in communication with the Edvard Grieg South discovery which was made by Lundin Norway in 2009. Extensive data acquisition and sampling was carried out in the reservoir including conventional coring and fluid sampling. A production test (DST) was performed, achieving a production rate of 265 barrels of oil per day through a 36/64” choke. Further studies will be required to incorporate all the findings and establish future planning, such as the potential drilling of an extended reach well from the Edvard Grieg platform with an associated longterm production test. The gross contingent resource range for Rolvsnes, based on natural depletion drive, including the Edvard Grieg South discovery is estimated to be between 3 and 16 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMboe). There remains significant resource upside including potential to find a more extensive fracture network and secondary recovery potential. Including this prospective upside potential the total gross resource estimate is between 10 and 46 MMboe. Exploration well 16/1-25 S is the second well drilled in PL 338C, which was carved out from PL338 in late 2014. Well 16/1-25 S was drilled to a total depth of 2,096 metres below mean sea level in a water depth of 106 metres. The well was drilled using the semi-submersible drilling rig Bredford Dolphin and will be permanently plugged and abandoned. Lundin Norway is the operator of PL338C with 50 percent working interest. The partners are Lime Petroleum Norway with a 30 percent working interest and OMV (Norge) AS with 20 percent working interest.

16 Oct 2015

Lundin spuds exploration well at Rolvsnes prospect

Lundin Petroleum AB (“Lundin Petroleum”) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (“Lundin Norway”) has commenced drilling of exploration well 16/1-25 S on the Rolvsnes prospect in PL338C. The well is located approximately 6 km south of the Edvard Grieg field in the North Sea sector of the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). Well 16/1-25 S will explore the Rolvsnes area, located between the Edvard Grieg field and the Luno II discovery. The main objective of well 16/1-25 S is to test the hydrocarbon potential in thin Jurassic/Cretaceous sandstone reservoir overlying porous fractured basement. Lundin Petroleum estimates the Rolvsnes prospect to contain gross unrisked prospective resources of 107 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMboe). The planned total depth is approximately 2,275 metres below mean sea level and the well will be drilled with the semi-submersible drilling unit Bredford Dolphin. The drilling operation is expected to take approximately 45 days. Lundin Norway is the operator of PL338C with 50 percent working interest. The partners are Lime Petroleum Norway AS with 30 percent and OMV (Norge) AS with 20 percent working interest.

16 Oct 2015

Lundin Petroleum spuds exploration well on the Rolvsnes prospect, south of the Edvard Grieg field, offshore Norway

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (Lundin Norway) has commenced drilling of exploration well 16/1-25 S on the Rolvsnes prospect in PL338C. The well is located approximately 6 km south of the Edvard Grieg field in the North Sea sector of the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). Well 16/1-25 S will explore the Rolvsnes area, located between the Edvard Grieg field and the Luno II discovery. The main objective of well 16/1-25 S is to test the hydrocarbon potential in thin Jurassic/Cretaceous sandstone reservoir overlying porous fractured basement. Lundin Petroleum estimates the Rolvsnes prospect to contain gross unrisked prospective resources of 107 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMboe). The planned total depth is approximately 2,275 metres below mean sea level and the well will be drilled with the semi-submersible drilling unit Bredford Dolphin. The drilling operation is expected to take approximately 45 days. Lundin Norway is the operator of PL338C with 50 percent working interest. The partners are Lime Petroleum Norway AS with 30 percent and OMV (Norge) AS with 20 percent working interest.

13 Oct 2015

Repsol drills duster in Norwegian Sea

Repsol Norge AS, operator of production licence 642, is in the process of concluding the drilling of wildcat well 6306/5-2. The well is dry. The well was drilled about 65 kilometres southwest of the Njord field and 35 kilometres southeast of the 6406/12-3 S and A discoveries (Pil and Bue) in the Norwegian Sea. The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Rogn formation) and Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Melke formation). Well 6306/5-2 encountered an approx. 12-metre thick sandstone layer in the Rogn formation, with good reservoir quality. The well also encountered 247 metres of sandstone in the Melke formation with moderate reservoir quality. The well is dry. Data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. This is the first exploration well in production licence 642, which was awarded in APA 2011. Well 6306/5-2 was drilled to a vertical depth of 3192 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the Melke formation in the Upper Jurassic. Water depth at the site is 226 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 6306/5-2 was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility, which will now proceed to drill wildcat well 16/1-25 S in production licence 338 C in the North Sea, where Lundin Norway AS is the operator.

9 Sep 2015

Lundin gets go ahead for new wildcat well

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 16/1-25 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 16/1-25 S will be drilled from the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility in position 58°46’57.096” north 02°15’17.386”east. The drilling program for well 16/1-25 S concerns the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 338 C. Lundin is the operator with an ownership interest of 80 per cent. The other licensee is OMV (Norway) AS with 20 per cent. The area in this licence consists of part of block 16/1. The well is being drilled south of the Edvard Grieg field in the central part of the North Sea. Production licence 338 C was separated from production licence 338 and awarded on 16 December 2014. This is the second exploration well to be drilled within the area covered by the permit. The permit is contingent upon the operator having secured all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling starts.

12 Aug 2015

Lundin strikes oil at Luno II North prospect

Lundin Norge AS, operator of production licence 359, has completed drilling wildcat well 16/4-9 S. The well was drilled about 15 kilometres south of the Edvard Grieg field in the central part of the North Sea and 190 kilometres west of Stavanger. The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Jurassic to Triassic reservoir rocks. The well encountered a 23-metre oil column in conglomeratic sandstone in the mentioned rocks, of which 18 metres were of moderate reservoir quality. The oil/water contact was encountered 1954 metres below the sea surface. The entire reservoir, including the water zone, consists of sandstones and conglomerates with a thickness of about 230 metres. Preliminary estimates place the size of the discovery between two and four million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable oil equivalents. The discovery will be developed along with the 16/4-6 S discovery, and tie-in to the Edvard Grieg field will be considered. Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. A formation test was carried out. The production rate was 150 standard cubic metres (Sm3) of oil per flow day through a 32/64-inch nozzle opening. The test showed moderate flow properties. The oil is light with a gas/oil ratio of 210 Sm3/Sm3. This is the fourth exploration well to be drilled in production licence 359. The licence was awarded in APA 2005. The well was drilled to measured and vertical depths of 2358 and 2305 metres below the sea surface, respectively, and was terminated in Triassic rocks. The water depth is 100 metres. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned. The 16/4-9 S well was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility, which will now drill wildcat well 6306/5-2 in production licence 642 in the Norwegian Sea, where Repsol Exploration Norge AS is the operator.

17 Jun 2015

Lundin spuds Luno II North prospect

Lundin Petroleum AB (“Lundin Petroleum”) is pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (“Lundin Norway”) has commenced drilling of exploration well 16/4-9 S on the Luno II North prospect. The Luno II discovery is located approximately 15 km south of the Edvard Grieg field in the North Sea sector of the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The well is located in PL359 and will explore the Luno II North segment, located directly northwest of the Luno II discovery. The main objective of well 16/4-9 S is to test the hydrocarbon potential and reservoir properties in the Luno II North prospect. The reservoir is expected to be of Jurassic/Triassic age. Lundin Petroleum estimates the Luno II North prospect to contain gross unrisked prospective resources of 24 million barrels of oil equivalents (“MMboe”). This prospect is adjacent to the Luno II discovery which has an estimated contingent resource range of 27 to 71 MMboe. The planned total depth is approximately 2,490 metres below mean sea level and the well will be drilled with the semi-submersible drilling unit Bredford Dolphin. The drilling operation is expected to take approximately 50 days. Lundin Norway is the operator of PL359 with 50% working interest. The partners are OMV (Norge) AS with 20%, Wintershall Norge AS with 15% and Statoil Petroleum AS with 15% working interest.

17 Jun 2015

Repsol secures permit for Hagar drilling

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Repsol Exploration Norge AS a drilling permit for well 6306/5-2, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 6306/5-2 will be drilled from the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility in position 63°43'52.31'' north and 6°34'27.34'' east after completing wildcat well 16/4-9 S in production licence 359 for Lundin Norway AS. The drilling programme for well 6306/5-2 concerns the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 642. Repsol Exploration Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The other licensees are OMV Norge AS (20 per cent), Petoro AS (20 per cent) and Tullow Oil Norge AS (20 per cent). The area in this licence consists of part of block 6306/2 and part of block 6306/5. The well will be drilled about 64 kilometres northeast of the Ormen Lange field and about 34 kilometres south of the 6406/12-3 S (Pil) discovery. Production licence 642 was awarded on 3 February 2012 (APA 2011). This is the first well to be drilled in the licence. The permit is contingent upon the operator having secured all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling starts.

4 Jun 2015

Lundin makes non-commercial discovery at Morkel prospect

Lundin Norway AS, operator of production licence 579, is in the process of concluding the drilling of wildcat well 33/2-2 S. The well was drilled about 40 kilometres northwest of the Snorre field in the North Sea, and 180 kilometres west of Florø. The primary exploration target for the well was to prove petroleum in Upper and Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Draupne formation and the Brent Group). The secondary exploration target was to prove hydrocarbons in Lower Jurassic (Statfjord Group) and Triassic reservoir rocks (the Lunde formation). The well encountered oil over an interval of about 173 metres in what was presumably the Triassic Lunde formation, with heterolithic sandstones with poor reservoir quality. No recoverable resources have been estimated at this point. A formation test was conducted. The production rate was 68 Sm3 oil per flow day through a 24/64-inch nozzle opening. Extensive data acquisition and sampling were also carried out. The licensees in production licence 579 will assess the discovery with a view toward further follow-up. This is the first exploration well in production licence 579, which was awarded in APA 2010. Well 33/2-2 S was drilled to a vertical depth of 3498 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in sandstone and shale, presumably belonging to the Alke formation in the Triassic. Water depth at the site is 340 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 33/2-2 S was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility, which will now drill wildcat well 16/4-9 S in production licence 359 in the North Sea, where Lundin Norway AS is the operator.

6 May 2015

Repsol given approval to drill Hagar prospect

Repsol Exploration Norge AS (“RENAS”), the operator for production licence 642 in block 6306/5 in the southern Norwegian Sea has been given approval to spud an exploration well. Exploration well 6306/5-2 is to be drilled in a prospect called Hagar. The drill site is 80 km south-west of the Draugen field, and 65 km west of Smøla. Water depth at the site is 226 metres. Drilling is scheduled to begin in May 2015 and estimated to last 64 days, depending on whether a discovery is made. The well will be drilled by Bredford Dolphin, which is a mobile drilling facility of the Aker H-3 type. It was built in 1977 and significantly upgraded in 1999. The facility is registered in Singapore and classified by DNV GL.

4 Mar 2015

Lundin spuds Morkel prospect in Northern North Sea

Lundin Petroleum AB (“Lundin Petroleum”), through its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (“Lundin Norway”), is pleased to announce that drilling of exploration well 33/2-2S in PL579 has commenced. The well will investigate the hydrocarbon potential of the Morkel prospect in PL579, which is located 180 km west of Florø on the Norwegian west coast and approximately 40 km northwest of the Snorre field. The main objective of well 33/2-2S is to test the hydrocarbon potential and reservoir properties of the Jurassic section. Lundin Petroleum estimates the Morkel prospect to have the potential to contain unrisked, gross prospective resources of 74 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe). The planned total depth is 3,500 metres below mean sea level and the well will be drilled using the semi- submersible drilling unit Bredford Dolphin. Drilling is expected to take approximately 60 days. Lundin Norway is the operator and has a 50 percent working interest in PL579. The partners are Bayerngas Norge and Fortis Petroleum Norway with 30 percent and 20 percent working interest, respectively.

16 Jan 2015

Lundin receives permit to drill Luno II North

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 16/4-9 S (Luno II North), cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 16/4-9 S will be drilled from the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility in position 58°42’22.76’’ north 02°09’55.07’’ east in the central North Sea. The drilling programme for well 16/4-9 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 359. Lundin is the operator with an ownership interest of 50 per cent. The other licensees are OMV (Norway) AS with 20 per cent, Statoil Petroleum AS and Wintershall Norge AS, each with 15 per cent. The area in this licence consists of the southwestern part of block 16/1 and the northern half of block 16/4. The well will be drilled 4.4 kilometres northwest of the discovery well, 16/4-6 S (Luno II). Luno II North is the first of ten E&A wells that Lundin plan to spud in Norway throughout 2015.

31 Dec 2014

Lundin comes up dry at Lindarormen

Lundin Norge AS, operator of production licence 584, is in the process of completing drilling of wildcat well 6405/12-1. The well was drilled approx. 80 kilometres northeast of the Ormen Lange field in the Norwegian Sea. The well’s primary and secondary exploration targets were to prove petroleum in Palaeocene and late Cretaceous reservoir rocks (Tang formation and Shetland group, respectively). The well did not encounter a reservoir in the Tang formation. Traces of gas were encountered in sandstone of poor reservoir quality in the Shetland group. The well is classified as dry. This was the first exploration well in production licence 584, which was awarded in APA 2010. Well 6405/12-1 was drilled to a vertical depth of 3305 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the Springar formation in upper Cretaceous. Water depth is 418 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. The well was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility, which is now proceed to a contract with RWE Dea Norge AS.

22 Dec 2014

PSA approves Lundin's plan to drill Luno II well in Norway

Lundin has received consent to carry out exploration drilling of well 16/4-9 S. Lundin Norway AS (Lundin) is the operator for production licence PL 359 in blocks 16/1 and 16/4 in the central North Sea. The area is around 200 kilometres west of Stavanger. Lundin is to drill appraisal well 16/4-9 S in a prospect named Luno II, to investigate the discovery's potential. Water depth at the site is 125 metres.

30 Oct 2014

Lundin spuds Lindarormen prospect in Norway

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum), through its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (Lundin Norway), is pleased to announce that drilling of exploration well 6405/12-1 in PL584 has commenced. The well will investigate the hydrocarbon potential of the Lindarormen prospect in PL584, located 150 km northwest of Kristiansund on the Norwegian coast and approximately 80 km northeast of the Ormen Lange Field. The main objective of well 6405/12-1 is to test the reservoir properties and hydrocarbon potential of Paleocene sandstones in the Rås Basin. Lundin Petroleum estimates the Lindarormen prospect to have the potential to contain unrisked, gross prospective resources of 194 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe). The planned total depth is 3,280 metres below mean sea level and the well will be drilled using the semisubmersible drilling unit Bredford Dolphin. Drilling is expected to take approximately 60 days. Lundin Norway is the operator and has a 60 percent working interest in PL584. Bayerngas Norge is partner with 40 percent working interest.

17 Oct 2014

Vollgrav South fails to strike for Lundin

Lundin Norway AS, operator of production licence 631, has completed drilling of wildcat well 33/12-10 S. The well is dry. The well was drilled about 150 kilometres west of Florø, between the Statfjord and Gullfaks fields in the northern North Sea. The primary and secondary exploration targets for the well were to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks from the Late Jurassic (intra Draupne formation sandstone) and Eocene periods, (Hordaland group?), respectively. Well 33/12-10 C did not encounter a reservoir in the Draupne formation. In the Hordaland group, the well encountered about 35 metres of very good quality reservoir sandstone. Neither of the reservoirs showed traces of petroleum. The well is dry. Comprehensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. This well is the first exploration well in production licence 631, awarded in APA 2011. The well was drilled to a measured depth of 3072 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the Heather formation from the Late Jurassic. Water depth at the site is 140 metres. The well has been permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 33/12-10 S was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility, which will now move to the Norwegian Sea to drill wildcat well 6405/12-1 in production licence 584, with Lundin Norway AS as operator.

1 Sep 2014

Lundin spuds Vollgrav South prospect in Norway

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum), through its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (Lundin Norway), is pleased to announce that drilling of exploration well 33/12-10 S in PL631 has commenced. The well will investigate the hydrocarbon potential of the Vollgrav South prospect in PL631, which is located 150 km west of Florø on the Norwegian west coast and between the giant Gullfaks and Statfjord fields. The main objective of well 33/12-10 S is to test the reservoir properties and hydrocarbon potential of the Upper Jurassic Sandstones equivalent to the reservoir in the Borg Field (which forms part of the Tordis Field discovered by Saga Petroleum 20 km further north in 1992). Lundin Petroleum estimates the Vollgrav South prospect to have the potential to contain unrisked, gross prospective resources of 57 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe). The planned total depth is 3,050 metres below mean sea level and the well will be drilled using the drilling rig ‘Bredford Dolphin’. Drilling is expected to take approximately 55 days. Lundin Norway is the operator and has a 60 percent working interest in PL631. The partners are Bayern gas Norge with a 30 percent working interest and Fortis Petroleum Norway with a 10 percent working interest.

29 Aug 2014

Lundin successful with Luno II appraisal well

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum), through its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (Lundin Norway), is pleased to announce that drilling of appraisal well 16/4- 8 S in the Luno II discovery has been successfully completed. The Luno II discovery is located approximately 15 km south of the Edvard Grieg field in the North Sea sector of the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The well was drilled 4 km southeast of the Luno II discovery well. The main objectives of well 16/4-8 S were to confirm the reservoir properties and petroleum potential of the Central South segment. The well encountered about 500 metres of gross sandstone section of Jurassic/Triassic age. A gross oil column of 30 metres has been proven, underlying a thin gas cap. The pressure data indicates a barrier towards the discovery well 16/4-6 S. Extensive data acquisition and sampling was carried out in the reservoir, including conventional coring and fluid sampling. One production test (DST) was performed in the oil zone, producing at a rate of 450 barrels per day through a 28/64” choke. Reservoir properties were lower than expected in this part of the structure. Following the results of 16/4-8 S the revised gross contingent resource range for Luno II is estimated at between 27 and 71 million barrels of oil equivalents. The Luno II discovery is located wholly in PL359. Appraisal well 16/4-8 S is the third well drilled in production license PL359 after it was awarded in 2006. The well was drilled to a total depth of 2,700 metres below mean sea level in a water depth of 100 metres. The well was drilled using the semi-submersible drilling rig ‘Bredford Dolphin’. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned before the rig proceeds to drill exploration well 33/12-10 S targeting the Vollgrav South prospect in production license PL631 where Lundin Norway is operator. Two interest transactions in PL359 have been announced on the 17th June 2014 and 4th of July 2014. Following these transactions, and subject to government approval, Lundin Norway holds a 50 percent interest in PL359, OMV Norge AS a 20 percent interest, Statoil Petroleum ASA a 15 percent interest and Wintershall Norge AS a 15 percent interest.

26 Aug 2014

Lundin given approval to drill Lindarormen prospect in Norway

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for wellbore 6405/12-1, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Wellbore 6405/12-1 will be drilled from the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility at position 64°11'42.30" north and 5°52'13.53" east after completing drilling of wildcat well 16/4-8 S for Lundin Norway AS in production licence 359. The drilling programme for wellbore 6405/12-1 relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 584. Lundin Norway AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 60 per cent. The other licensee is Bayerngas Norge AS (40 per cent). The area in this licence consists of block 6405/12 and parts of blocks 6405/9, 6406/7, 6406/10, 6305/3 and 6306/1. The well will be drilled about 80 kilometres northeast of the Ormen Lange field. Production licence 584 was awarded on 4 Feb. 2011 (APA 2010 on the Norwegian shelf). This is the first well to be drilled in the licence. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before commencing drilling activities.

23 Jun 2014

Lundin spuds Luno II appraisal well

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum), through its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (Lundin Norway), is pleased to announce that drilling of appraisal well 16/4- 8 S on the Luno II discovery has commenced. The Luno II discovery is located approximately 15km south of the Edvard Grieg field in the North Sea sector of the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The well is located in PL359 and will appraise the Luno II Central South basin, located 4 km southeast of the Luno II discovery well. The main objective of well 16/4-8 S is to test the reservoir properties and verify the petroleum potential. The reservoir is expected to be of Jurassic/Triassic age. The planned total depth is approximately 2,700 metres below mean sea level and the well will be drilled with the semi-submersible drilling unit ‘Bredford Dolphin’. The drilling operation is expected to take approximately 50 days. Lundin Norway, the operator of PL359, holds a 40 percent interest and has announced that it will increase its interest to 65 percent interest, subject to governmental approval. Statoil Petroleum AS holds 15 percent interest and OMV Norge AS have entered into an agreement to increase its interest from 15 to 20 percent, subject to governmental approval.

6 Jun 2014

Noreco comes up dry with Verdande prospect

Noreco Norway AS, operator of production licence 484, has completed drilling of wildcat well 6608/10-16. The well is dry. The well was drilled about 15 kilometres north of the Norne field in the Norwegian Sea, and about 210 kilometres west of Sandnessjøen. The primary exploration target for the well was proving petroleum in Middle and Early Jurassic reservoir rocks (Fangst and Båt groups). The secondary exploration target was proving petroleum in Early Cretaceous reservoir rocks (Lange formation). Reservoir rocks were encountered in the Fangst and Båt groups and in the Lange formation, but with poorer reservoir properties than anticipated. The well only proved traces of petroleum in the Lange formation and Båt group, and has been classified as dry. Data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. This is the first exploration well in production licence 484. The licence was awarded in APA 2007. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 4000 metres below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Åre formation in the Early Jurassic. Water depth is 371 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 6608/10-16 was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility, which will now proceed to production licence 359 in the North Sea to drill appraisal well 16/4-8 S, where Lundin Norway AS is the operator.

23 May 2014

Lundin granted drilling permit for appraisal well in PL359

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 16/4-8, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 16/4-8 S will be drilled from the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility at position 58°39’53.32’’ north and 02°16’24.76’’ east in the central part of the North Sea. The drilling programme for well 16/4-8 S relates to the drilling of an appraisal well in production licence 359. Lundin is the operator with a 40 per cent ownership interest. The other licensees are Premier Oil Norge AS with 30 per cent, OMV (Norge) AS and Statoil Petroleum AS with 15 per cent each. The area in this licence consists of the south-western part of block 16/1 and the northern half of block 16/4. The well will be drilled 3.9 km southwest of well 16/4-6 S and 5 km northwest of well 16/5-5 in production licence 410. Production licence 359 was awarded on 6 January 2006 (APA 2005). This is the third well to be drilled within the licence area, while three wells have been drilled previously in the western part of the licence area. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity.

8 Apr 2014

'Bredford Dolphin' spuds Vardande prospect in Norwegian Sea

Norwegian Energy Company ASA (Noreco) is pleased to announce that the drilling of exploration well 6608/10-16 on the Verdande prospect in license PL484 in the Norwegian Sea has started. The main objective is to find hydrocarbons in sandstones of Jurassic age. The well is being drilled with the drilling rig Bredford Dolphin and is likely to take 68 - 81 days. Noreco Norway AS has a 30 percent interest in license PL484, and is the operator. Partners are Explora Petroleum AS (30 %), Dana Petroleum Norway AS (30 %) and E.ON E&P Norge AS (10 %).

27 Mar 2014

Lundin completes pair of appraisal wells in Norway

Lundin Norway AS, operator of production licence 501, is in the process of completing the drilling of appraisal well 16/3-8 S on the 16/2-6 Johan Sverdrup oil discovery in the central part of the North Sea. The discovery was proven in Jurassic reservoir rocks in production licence 501 in the summer of 2010. Appraisal well 16/3-8 S was drilled 3.8 kilometres southeast of the discovery well 16/2-6 and 2.8 kilometres west of appraisal well 16/3-4. The objective of the well was to investigate the reservoir and flow properties of Upper Permian carbonate rocks (Zechstein group) and establish the presence, thickness and reservoir quality of the Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks. Information from this well is important in order to optimise the drainage strategy for this part of 16/2-6 Johan Sverdrup. Well 16/3-8 S encountered a 54-metre gross oil column, 13 metres of which were in Upper Jurassic sandstones with very good reservoir quality, and about 30 metres in the Zechstein group’s carbonate rocks with variable reservoir properties. The limestone in the upper section (23 metres) is of poor reservoir quality, while the reservoir quality in the lower, dolomitic section (7 metres) varies from poor to good. The total thickness of the Zechstein group is 67 metres. The reservoir sandstone in Upper Jurassic is thicker and turned out to be somewhat shallower than expected. The pressure data and oil sample indicates communication between the sandstones in the Upper Jurassic and the carbonate rocks in the Zechstein group. Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. A formation test was carried out in the Upper Jurassic sand interval. The test yielded a maximum rate of approx. 800 standard cubic metres (Sm3) of oil per flow day through a 52/64-inch nozzle opening. The test showed very good flow properties and indicated no barriers within a radius of 3 to 4 kilometres. Well 16/3-8 S is the 20th exploration well drilled in production licence 501, which was awarded in APA 2008. Appraisal well 16/3-8 S was drilled to a vertical depth of 2010 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the Rotliegendes group in Permian rocks. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned. The water depth is 116 metres. The well was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility, which is now headed for production licence 484 in the Norwegian Sea to drill wildcat well 6608/10-16, where Noreco Norway AS is the operator.

4 Feb 2014

'Bredford Dolphin' set to drill new wildcat well in PL484 in Norway

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Noreco Norway AS a drilling permit for wellbore 6608/10-16, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. The 6608/10-16 wellbore will be drilled from the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility at position 66º08`38.09" N and 08º04´00.71" E. The drilling programme for wellbore 6608/10-16 relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 484. Noreco Norway AS is the operator with an ownership interest of (30 per cent) and the licensees are Dana Petroleum Norway AS with (30 per cent), Explora Petroleum AS with (30 per cent) and E.ON E&P Norge AS with (10 per cent). The production licence consists of parts of block 6608/10. The production licence was awarded in APA 2007. Wildcat well 6608/10-16 is the first exploration well in production licence 484. The drilling permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.

3 Jan 2014

Lundin spuds new Johan Sverdrup appraisal

Lundin Petroleum (Lundin) has spudded the 16/3-8 S appraisal well on the Johan Sverdrup discovery in the Norwegian North Sea. Lundin is using the ‘Bredford Dolphin’ semisub rig for drilling operations and is targeting a total depth of 2,025m for the well. It is expected that it will take the ‘Bredford Dolphin’ around 45 days to complete the drilling of the appraisal well.

23 Dec 2013

Lundin Norway AS to use 'Bredford Dolphin' semisub to drill 16/3-8 S appraisal well

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 16/3-8 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 16/3-8 S will be drilled from the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility at position 58°48’23.35’’ north and 02°40’27.67’’ east in production licence 501 in the central part of the North Sea. The drilling programme for well 16/3-8 S relates to drilling of an appraisal well in production licence 501. Lundin is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The other licensees are Statoil Petroleum AS with 40 per cent and Maersk Oil Norway AS with 20 per cent. The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 16/2, 3, 5 and 6. The well was drilled about 3.9 kilometres southeast of the 16/2-6 discovery well on Johan Sverdrup. Production licence 501 was awarded on 23 January 2009 (APA 2008). This was the 20th well drilled within the licence area. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.

20 Dec 2013

'Bredford Dolphin' drills dry well in North Sea

Lundin Norway AS, operator of production licence 410, has completed drilling of wildcat well 16/5-5. The well was dry. The well was drilled about 20 kilometres south of the Edvard Grieg field in the central part of the North Sea. The purpose of the well was to prove petroleum in Jurassic/Triassic reservoir rocks in a southern segment of the 16/4-6 S oil discovery. The well encountered 150 metres of fine-grained sandstone in Triassic, with poorer reservoir quality than expected. Small oil volumes were sampled from this sandstone without successful establishment of an oil gradient. The reason for this is that the reservoir zone is dense. Sandstone with better reservoir quality was proven underneath this zone. Pressure data shows that there is a pressure barrier between the 16/4-6 S discovery well to the west and well 16/5-5. The well is classified as dry. Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out in the well. This is the first exploration well in production licence 410. The licence was awarded in APA 2006. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 2060 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in Triassic rocks. The water depth is 100 metres. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 16/5-5 was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility, which will now proceed to drill appraisal well 16/3-8 on the 16/2-6 Johan Sverdrup discovery in production licence 501, where Lundin Norway AS is the operator.

7 Nov 2013

Lundin Norway AS, in process of completing successful Johan Sverdrup 16/3-7 apprasial well

Lundin Norway AS, operator of production licence 501, is in the process of completing the drilling of appraisal well 16/3-7 on the 16/2-6 Johan Sverdrup oil discovery in the North Sea. The discovery was proven in Jurassic reservoir rocks in production licence 501 in the autumn of 2010. Appraisal well 16/3-7 was drilled on the southeast flank of the discovery, about 3.1 kilometres southeast of well 16/3-5 and about 4.2 kilometres southwest of well 16/3-2. The objective of the well was to investigate the thickness, properties, oil column and depth of the Jurassic reservoir, in order to define the extent of the Johan Sverdrup discovery toward the southeast. The objective also included investigating the reservoir properties of the sandstone rocks in the underlying Rotliegend group in the Permian. The licensees consider the area to be important for the discovery’s drainage strategy as regards water support, as well as the placement of injectors and producers. The well encountered oil at the very top of the reservoir, which consists of a 14-metre zone, most likely from the Upper Jurassic Age, with very good reservoir quality. The total thickness of the entire Jurassic interval is 27 metres. The Jurassic reservoir sandstone rocks are somewhat thinner and were encountered deeper than expected. Permian carbonate rocks were encountered directly under the Jurassic reservoir. The carbonate reservoir belongs to the Zechstein group, has a thickness of 36 metres and has moderate to good reservoir properties. These carbonate rocks were not expected in the well and are located directly above the rocks belonging to the Rotliegend group. Pressure measurements indicate continuous communication in the water zone above the Jurassic and the Zechstein group’s rocks. Extensive data collection and sampling have been carried out. Well 16/3-7 is the 17th exploration well drilled in production licence 501. The licence was awarded on 23 January 2009 in APA 2008. Appraisal well 16/3-7 was drilled to a vertical depth of 2075 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in Permian rocks. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned. Water depth is 117 metres. The well was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility, which will now move on to drill appraisal well 16/5-5 in production licence 410, where Lundin Norway AS is the operator.

22 Oct 2013

Lundin Norway set to spud new exploration well on PL 410 using 'Bredford Dolphin'

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 16/5-5, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 16/5-5 will be drilled from the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility in position 58°38’25.93’’ north 02°20’54.42’’ east in production licence 410. The drilling programme for well 16/5-5 applies to the drilling of an exploration well in production licence 410 in the central part of the North Sea. Lundin Norway AS is the operator with a 70 per cent ownership interest. Statoil Petroleum AS has a 30 per cent ownership interest. The area in this licence consists of a part of block 16/5. The well will be drilled 8.9 kilometres southeast of well 16/4-6 S in production licence 359 and approximately 8.3 kilometres west of well 16/5-1. Production licence 410 was awarded on 16 February 2007 (APA 2006). This is the first well in this licence. The area has been awarded earlier, and well 16/5-1 was drilled in the eastern part of the licence area. It was Elf that drilled this well in 1971, in production licence 007. The permit is contingent upon the operator having secured all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling starts.

30 Sep 2013

'Bredford Dolphin' completes Johan Sverdrup appraisal well 16/5-4

Lundin Norway AS, operator of production licence 501, is about to complete drilling of appraisal well 16/5-4 on the 16/2-6 Johan Sverdrup oil discovery in the North Sea. The discovery was proven in Jurassic reservoir rocks in production licence 501 in the autumn of 2010. Well 16/5-4 was drilled on the south-western flank of the discovery, about 4.3 kilometres southwest of appraisal well 16/5-2 S and about 3.1 kilometres southeast of well 16/5-3 (production licence 502). The objective of the well was to delineate the Johan Sverdrup discovery by examining the thickness, properties and depth of the reservoir, as well as determine the height of the oil column and clarify the oil-water contact in the south-western part. The licensees consider the area to be important with regard to the drainage strategy for the discovery. The reservoir came in somewhat thinner than expected, and is situated most probably on Triassic rocks. The reservoir rocks, most likely Late Jurassic, consist of about six metres of sandstone with very good reservoir quality. The oil/water contact was not encountered. Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out in the well, and a sensor will be installed to observe the pressure development in the reservoir over the next two to five years. This is part of the planning process for an optimal recovery strategy for the discovery. The well is the 16th exploration well in production licence 501. The licence was awarded in APA 2008. Appraisal well 16/5-4 was drilled to a vertical depth of 2075 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in Triassic rocks. The water depth is 108 metres. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned. The well was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility which will now proceed to drill appraisal well 16/3-7 in the southeastern part of the Johan Sverdrup discovery, this too in production licence 501.

3 Sep 2013

'Bredford Dolphin' to drill 16/3-7 appraisal well on Johan Sverdrup field

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 16/3-7, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 16/3-7 will be drilled from the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility at position 58°45’39.65’’ north 02°44’42.53’’ east for Lundin Norway AS in production licence 501. The drilling programme for well 16/3-7 relates to the drilling of an appraisal well in production licence 501. Lundin is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The other licensees are Statoil Petroleum AS with 40 per cent and Maersk Oil Norway AS with 20 per cent. The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 16/2, 3, 5 and 6, which are located in the central part of the North Sea. The well was drilled southeast on Johan Sverdrup, about 3.1 kilometres southeast of well 16/3-5 and approx. 4.2 kilometres southwest of well 16/3-2. Production licence 501 was awarded on 23 January 2009 (APA 2008). This is the 18th well to be drilled within the licence area. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.

20 Aug 2013

'Bredford Dophin' drills dry wildcat well for Lundin Norway AS on PL 544

Lundin Norway AS, operator of production licence 544, has completed drilling of wildcat well 16/4-7. The well was drilled about 0.5 kilometres west of the well 16/4-4 and about 15 kilometres northeast of the Sleipner Øst field in the central part of the North Sea. The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in Jurassic and Triassic reservoir rocks (Hugin and Skagerrak formations). The well encountered an approx. 45-metre thick Hugin formation and 50-metre thick Skagerrak formation in Upper Triassic, both with very good reservoir properties. The well is dry. Data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. The well is the first exploration well in production licence 544. The licence was awarded in APA 2009. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 2600 metres below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Skagerrak formation in Triassic. The water depth is 91 metres. The well has been permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 16/4-7 was drilled by the Bredford Dolhpin drilling facility which will now proceed to the oil discovery 16/2-6 Johan Sverdrup in production licence 501 in the central part of the North Sea to drill appraisal well 16/5-4, where Lundin is the operator.

20 Aug 2013

EXPLORATION WELL 16/4-7 DRILLED OFFSHORE NORWAY HAS BEEN COMPLETED

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum), through its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (Lundin Norway), has completed the drilling of wildcat well 16/4-7. The well was drilled on PL544 about 14 km northeast of the Sleipner Øst field in the middle part of the Norwegian North Sea. The exploration well 16/4-7, operated by Lundin Norway, was targeting the Biotitt prospect. The well encountered no hydrocarbons and is being plugged and abandoned as a dry hole. The primary exploration target of the well was to prove petroleum in Jurassic reservoir rocks. More than 100 m upper Jurassic and Triassic sandstone of excellent reservoir quality was found but was water bearing. The well is the first exploration well in PL544. The license was awarded in APA 2009. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of approximately 2,600 metres below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Skagerrak Formation in the Triassic. Water depth at the site is 91 metres. The well was drilled with the rig Bredford Dolphin. Lundin Norway AS is the operator of PL544 with 40 percent working interest. The partners are Bayerngas Norge AS and Explora Petroleum AS with 30 percent interest each.

19 Aug 2013

Lundin Norway given granted permit to drill Johan Sverdrup appraisal well 16/5-4 well using 'Bredford Dolphin'

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 16/5-4, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 16/5-4 will be drilled from the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility at position 58°42’46.92’’ north 02°35’55.71’’ east for Lundin Norway AS in production licence 501. The drilling programme for well 16/5-4 relates to drilling of an appraisal well in production licence 501. Lundin is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The other licensees are Statoil Petroleum AS with 40 per cent and Maersk Oil Norway AS with 20 per cent. The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 16/2, 3, 5 and 6 that are located in the central part of the North Sea. The well was drilled southwest on Johan Sverdrup about 3.1 kilometres southeast of well 16/5-3 and approx. 4.3 kilometres southwest of well 16/5-2 S. Production licence 501 was awarded on 23 January 2009 (APA 2008). This was the seventeenth well drilled within the licence area. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.

23 Jul 2013

LUNDIN PETROLEUM SPUDS EXPLORATION WELL ON THE BIOTITT PROSPECT IN THE UTSIRA HIGH AREA

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) is pleased to announce that drilling of exploration well 16/4-7 in PL544 has commenced. The well will target the Biotitt prospect, which is located some 35 km south of the Edvard Grieg Field and 46 km southwest of the Johan Sverdrup Field. The main objective of well 16/4-7 is to prove the presence of hydrocarbons in Jurassic sandstone reservoirs. Lundin Petroleum estimates the Biotitt prospect to have the potential to contain unrisked, gross, prospective resources of 124 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe). The planned total depth is 2,760 metres below mean sea level and the well will be drilled using the drilling rig Bredford Dolphin. Drilling is expected to take approximately 35 days. Lundin Petroleum, through its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway, is the operator and has a 40 percent working interest in PL544. Partners are Bayerngas Norge AS with 30 and Explora Petroleum AS with a 30 percent working interest.

19 Jun 2013

Lundin targets Boptott prospect in Norway using 'Bredford Dolphin'

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 16/4-7, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 16/4-7 will be drilled from the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility in position 58°31’37.87’’ north 02°08’34.40’’ east. The drilling programme for well 16/4-7 concerns the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 544. Lundin is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The other licensees are Bayerngas Norge AS and Explora Petroleum AS, both with 30 per cent. The area in this licence consists of the southern part of block 16/4. The well will be drilled about 0.5 kilometres north of well 16/4-4 in the central part of the North Sea. Production licence 544 was awarded on 19 February 2010 (APA 2009). This is the first well to be drilled in the licence and the second within the licence area. The permit is contingent upon the operator having secured all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling starts.

24 May 2013

'Bredford Dolphin' given approval to drill appraisal well on Johan Sverdrup

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 16/3-6, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 16/3-6 will be drilled from the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility at position 58°49’07.86’’ north 02°42’11.40’’ east in production licence 501. The drilling programme for well 16/3-6 relates to drilling of an appraisal well in production licence 501. Lundin is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The other licensees are Statoil Petroleum AS with 40 per cent and Maersk Oil Norway AS with 20 per cent. The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 16/2, 3, 5 and 6 which are located in the central part of the North Sea. The well was drilled east on Johan Sverdrup about 3 kilometres southeast of well 16/2-13 S and 1.9 kilometres northwest of well 16/3-4. Production licence 501 was awarded on 23 January 2009 (APA 2008). This is the fifteenth well to be drilled within the licence area. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before commencing the drilling activity.

19 Apr 2013

Lundin Norway AS to use 'Bredford Dolphin' semisub to drill 16/2-21 appraisal on Johan Sverdrup

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 16/2-21, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 16/2-21 will be drilled from the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility at position 58°46’40.81’’ north and 02°36’38.77’’ east in production licence 501 after completing the drilling of wildcat well 16/4-6 S for Lundin Norway AS in production licence 359. The drilling programme for well 16/2-21 relates to drilling of an appraisal well in production licence 501. Lundin is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The other licensees are Statoil Petroleum AS with 40 per cent and Maersk Oil Norway AS with 20 per cent. The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 16/2, 3, 5 and 6. The well will be drilled about three kilometres east of well 16/2-15 and 2.5 kilometres west of well 16/2-7 on Johan Sverdrup in the central part of the North Sea. Production licence 501 was awarded on 23 January 2009 (APA 2008). This is the thirteenth well to be drilled within the licence area. The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before commencing drilling activities.

8 Apr 2013

OIL DISCOVERY IN LUNO II EXPLORATION WELL OFFSHORE NORWAY

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) through its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (Lundin Norway) is pleased to announce that the drilling of exploration well 16/4-6S on the Luno II prospect has resulted in a potentially significant oil discovery. The well is located in PL359 in the central North Sea sector of the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The well will now be tested. The well was drilled in water depths of 101 metres and is located on the south western flank of the Utsira High approximately 15 km south of the Lundin Petroleum operated Edvard Grieg field. The well has drilled through a section of close to 200 metres of sand with a high net-to-gross content. A gross oil column in excess of 40 metres has been proven. The oil water contact was encountered at approximately 1,950 metres below mean sea level. It is a light oil of good quality. The pressure data indicates that the petroleum system in Luno II is different to that seen in the Edvard Grieg and Johan Sverdrup fields. A comprehensive coring, logging and fluid sampling program has been performed. The discovery will now be production tested. Ashley Heppenstall, President and CEO of Lundin Petroleum AB, commented: “We are very pleased that Luno II appears to be another significant discovery on the Utsira High. The existence of a thick reservoir section at this location is excellent news. The reservoir quality, whilst not the same as Johan Sverdrup, appears good and will now be tested. We expect to provide a range of recoverable resources from the discovery after testing is completed in 2-3 weeks time” The well was drilled using the semi-submersible drilling rig Bredford Dolphin. Following the completion of the testing programme the rig will be moved to the Lundin Norway operated PL501 to continue the appraisal drilling on the Johan Sverdrup discovery. Lundin Norway AS is the operator of the PL359 with a 40 percent interest. The partners are Statoil Petroleum ASA with 30 percent and Premier Oil plc with 30 percent interest.

24 Oct 2012

RWE Dea Norge secures rig capacity for Titan drilling in 2013

RWE Dea Norge AS, a subsidiary of the German oil and gas company RWE Dea AG, has signed an agreement with Dolphin Drilling AS to use the Bredford Dolphin rig, in cooperation with three other oil companies. For RWE Dea Norge the contract entails full rig capacity in the years ahead for the planned drilling program in the production license (PL) 420 in the North Sea. The company is the operator and holds 30% interest in the license. “Having secured the rig capacity for Titan in 2013 is an important milestone to push the development and operation of the field in the following years,” says Hans-Joachim Polk, Managing Director of RWE Dea Norge. Bredford Dolphin will be used to drill an important appraisal well at Titan towards the end of 2013 to confirm the size of the Titan discovery. RWE Dea Norge previously drilled a well at Titan and preliminary estimates of the discovery are 12 million cubic metres (recoverable) oil equivalents. The company is also planning another exploration well in early 2014 with the Leiv Eiriksson rig. RWE Dea is optimistic that the PL420 license will gain significant value. The rig agreement with Dolphin Drilling has been concluded with Lundin, Noreco and Repsol, and is coordinated by AGR. The contract is for a total of eight wells over a period of 570 days, with the option of an extension and a minimum of five further wells.

11 Oct 2012

LUNDIN PETROLEUM COMPLETES EXPLORATION WELL ON THE ALBERT PROSPECT IN NORTHERN NORTH SEA

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum), through its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS (Lundin Norway), has completed the drilling of exploration well 6201/11-3 in PL519. The well targeted the Albert prospect, which is situated 65 km north west of the Snorre Field in the northern North Sea, offshore Norway. The main objective of well 6201/11-3 was to test Cretaceous and Triassic age sandstones of a multiple target structure. The well encountered oil in thin Cretaceous reservoir sequence at the predicted level for the primary target. The thin thickness and uncertain distribution of the reservoir do not give a basis for resource estimation at this stage. Further geophysical and geological studies are required to clarify the potential in the discovery. The Triassic secondary reservoir was tight without movable hydrocarbons. A minor column of movable hydrocarbons were also encountered in a Palaeocene secondary target. The semi-submersible drilling rig Bredford Dolphin drilled the well to a total depth of 2,975 metres below mean sea level and in a water depth of 382 metres. Ashley Heppenstall, President and CEO of Lundin Petroleum comments; "The existence of oil bearing Cretaceous reservoir in the Albert well is encouraging. In the event we can find thicker Cretaceous reservoir sections over this large structure there remains potential for commercial discoveries in this area." The rig will next be utilized by Wintershall for one well before it returns to Lundin Petroleum to drill an appraisal well on Lundin Petroleum's discovery Johan Sverdrup in PL501. Lundin Petroleum is the operator of PL519 with 40 percent interest. Partners are Bayerngas Norge AS, Norwegian Energy Company ASA and Spring Energy with 20 percent interest each.

14 Jun 2012

LUNDIN PETROLEUM TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS ALBERT EXPLORATION WELL OFFSHORE NORWAY

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) announces that drilling of exploration well 6201/11-3 in PL519 targeting the Albert prospect has been temporarily suspended until August. The Bredford Dolphin drilling rig is moving to a Norwegian yard to complete its five year renewal survey before returning to complete the Albert exploration well. Lundin Petroleum originally anticipated that the well would be completed prior to the date of the renewal survey but due to delays in drilling this was not possible. The main objective of well 6201/11-3 is to test Cretaceous and Triassic age sandstones of a multiple target structure. The well has been temporarily suspended above the primary targets at 2,120 meters where the 13 3/8 casing has been set. The planned total depth is 3,150 meters. Lundin Petroleum is the operator of PL519 with 40 percent interest. Partners are Bayerngas Norge AS, Norwegian Energy Company ASA and Spring Energy Norway AS with 20 percent interest respectively.

9 May 2012

LUNDIN PETROLEUM SPUDS EXPLORATION WELL ON THE ALBERT PROSPECT IN NORTHERN NORTH SEA

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) is pleased to announce that drilling of exploration well 6201/11-3 in PL519 has commenced. The well will target the Albert prospect, which is situated 65 km northwest of the Snorre Field in the northern North Sea, offshore Norway. The main objective of well 6201/11-3 is to test Cretaceous and Triassic age sandstones of a multiple target structure. Lundin Petroleum estimates the Albert prospect to contain unrisked, gross, prospective resources of 177 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe). The planned total depth is 3,150 meters below mean sea level and the well will be drilled using the semi-submersible drilling rig Bredford Dolphin. Drilling is expected to take approximately 55 days. Lundin Petroleum is the operator of PL519 with 40 percent interest. Partners are Bayerngas Norge AS, Norwegian Energy Company ASA and Spring Energy Norway AS with 20 percent interest each.

26 Jan 2011

LUNDIN PETROLEUM SPUDS TELLUS EXPLORATION WELL IN PL338, OFFSHORE NORWAY

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) is pleased to announce that drilling of exploration well 16/1-15 in PL338 has commenced. The well will target the Tellus prospect, which is situated immediately to the north of the Luno field. The main objective of well 16/1-15 is to test Jurassic/Triassic age sandstones and conglomerates in a separate fault segment north of the Luno Field. We estimate the Tellus prospect to contain gross unrisked prospective resources of 40 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe), which could prove additional volumes to the Luno development. The planned total depth is approximately 2,500 meters below mean seal level and the well will be drilled using the semi-submersible drilling rig Bredford Dolphin. Drilling is expected to take approximately 45 days. Lundin Petroleum is the operator of PL338 with 50 percent interest. Partners are Wintershall Norge ASA with 30 percent and RWE Dea Norge AS with 20 percent interest.

7 Dec 2010

Oil discovery offshore Norway near the Gjoa Field

RWE Dea Norge AS, operator of production licence 420, is in the process of completing the drilling of wildcat well 35/9-6 S. The well was drilled approximately 16 km west of the Gjøa Field in the North Sea. Petroleum was proven (mainly oil) in a 435-metre column in the Heather Formation, the Brent Group, the Drake Formation and the Cook Formation. The reservoir levels in the well are in different pressure regimes, and no hydrocarbon-water contact was encountered. “It’s been an exciting year. We’ve drilled two of our operated licences this year, and we’ve made two discoveries. We’re very pleased about making another discovery that looks promising, but it’s too soon to draw any firm conclusions until an appraisal well has been drilled”, says Hugo Sandal, Managing Director of RWE Dea Norge. “We also believe there is further exploration potential in the licence”, he continues. Preliminary estimates of the size of the discovery indicate between 2 and 10 million Sm3 of recoverable oil equivalents. Small scale formation tests (mini-DST) were carried out, showing a variation in reservoir quality. The well is the first exploration well in production licence 420, which was awarded on February 16th, 2007 (APA 2006). The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 3,664 meters and was terminated in Upper Triassic rocks. The water depth at the site is 370 meters. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned. Well 35/9-6 S was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility, which will now proceed to Coast Centre Base (CCB Ågotnes) for a stay at the yard.

15 Apr 2009

Drilling on the Eitri prospect started

Det norske commenced drilling on the Eitri Prospect in PL027D on Friday 10 April utilising semi submersible drilling rig Bredford Dolphin. Det norske is drilling the well on behalf of license operator ExxonMobil. The Eitri-prospect is located in the vicinity of the Jotun Field, and the existing Jotun wellhead platform and Jotun FPSO. The well will also penetrate the Phi prospect, which is situated below Eitri. A potential discovery could be developed in a cost effective manner due to the proximity to existing infrastructure.

10 Feb 2009

Drilling started at Freke

Det norske spudded the Northe Sea Freke prospect in PL 029B on February 6 2009. Det norske is drilling well 15/6-10 on behalf of ExxonMobil. ExxonMobil is the license operator with an ownership interest of 50 percent. StatoilHydro holds 50 percent, while Det norske will take a 20 percent interest from ExxonMobil when drilling operations are completed. The Slepner B platform on the Sleipner Field and Petrojarl 1 on the Glitne Field are the nearest installations to the Freke prospect. These installations are located 30 and 11 kilometers from Freke, respectively. The distance from shore is about 200 kilometers and the water depth at Freke is 112 meters. Freke is located in the South Viking Graben and holds a volume potential of 90 million BOE (P 50). The structure has four-way closure delimited by a north-south trending horst. The primary reservoir is expected to be middle Jurassic Hugin Formation, with the underlying Sleipner Formation, constituting a secondary target. Expected hydrocarbons are light oil, possibly with a gas cap. The exploration well is planned as a vertical well with a total depth of 3695 meter with no drillstem test. Det norske will utilize the third generation Aker H-3 semisubmersible drilling rig Bredford Dolphin for the operation. Rig owner is Fred Olsen ASA. It is operated by Dolphin.

30 Jan 2009

Luno appraisal well successfully tested

RWE Dea is pleased to announce that the first Luno appraisal well 16/1-10 located in production licence PL 338, offshore the Norwegian North Sea has been successfully tested. The well was drilled to appraise the Luno field discovered in late 2007 with well 16/1-8. The appraisal well has successfully confirmed the extension of the Luno field to the north east. The well was tested with a flow rate of approximately 4,000 barrels of oil per day on a 54/64 choke. A comprehensive data acquisition programme including multiple cores was successfully acquired. The results of the appraisal well will now be analysed and subsequently incorporated into a revised resource estimate for the Luno field which was indicated as within a range of 65 mmboe to 190 mmboe gross recoverable following the discovery well. The appraisal well was drilled with the Bredford Dolphin semi- submersible drilling rig to a total vertical depth of 2,125 meters below sea level in a water depth of 110 meters. PL 338 was awarded in the Norwegian North Sea licensing round in 2004. RWE Dea Norge ASA has a 20 percent interest. Lundin Petroleum is the operator of PL338 with a 50 percent interest and Wintershall Norge ASA (formerly Revus Energy ASA) has a 30 percent interest. Thomas Rappuhn, COO of RWE Dea said: “We are pleased with the results of this first appraisal well on the Luno field and will now consider potential development options for the Luno field. In addition we look forward to the further appraisal and exploration programme to test the additional prospectivity in the Luno area planned for 2009.”

7 Oct 2008

Det norske accelerates drilling of Eitri

Det norske oljeselskap ASA (“DETNOR”) will drill the Eitri prospect, located in Production License (PL) 027D, in February 2009. The company thus takes advantage of an earlier drilling opportunity as compared to previous drilling plans, where the drilling of Eitri was scheduled for Q2. Det norske is the operator of the drilling on Eitri, and will subsequent to the completion of the operation acquire a 25 percent interest in the license. ExxonMobil is the operator of the license. Eitri will be drilled directly after Freke. Freke is located in PL 029B, and the estimated spud date is mid-December. Both locations will be drilled by the rig Bredford Dolphin. Det norske is the operator of the drilling operation, whereas the license is operated by ExxonMobil. The drilling on Fulla, in PL 362, is expected to commence in late October. Det norske holds a 15 percent interest in the license, which is operated by StatoilHydro.

16 Apr 2008

Discovers oil on Draupne

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate announced today that Det norske oljeselskap ASA (“DETNOR”) has discovered oil and gas on Draupne (Production License 001B). Det norske has a 35% interest in the license. Det norske believes this to be a commercial discovery. Oil and gas were encountered in 44-m thick sandstone from the Middle Jurassic period. The oil-water contact was not detected. The discovery is situated deeper than what was stipulated by the original prognosis, and the license partners have determined that further mapping and analysis is necessary before the location of an appraisal well may be concluded. Consequently, the well will now be plugged and abandoned. The Draupne well has proven recoverable resources between 4 and 5 million standard cubic meters of oil equivalents which, together with two other discoveries located in the area (Hanz and West Cable), may contain recoverable resources of oil and gas corresponding to 90 million barrels. The licensees in Hanz and West Cable are the same as those in Draupne. Det norske will now consider a number of joint development scenarios in the area. This part of the North Sea contains several fields in production as well as discoveries under evaluation. A data acquisition of core samples and liquid samples has been completed. The well is the ninth exploration well in Production License 001B. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 2,511 meters below sea level. The sea depth was 111 meters. The well was drilled with the semi-submersible drilling facility Bredford Dolphin. Licensees in Draupne are Det norske with a 35% interest, StatoilHydro with 50%, and PA Resources with 15%.

20 Feb 2008

Spud on Draupne

Det norske oljeselskap has spudded well 16/1-9 on Draupne. The operation commenced Tuesday 19 February at 4:20 p.m. (CET), and is carried out with the semi-submersible drilling rig Bredford Dolphin. Det norske is the operator of Draupne (Production License 001B) and holds a 35% interest in the license. License partners are StatoilHydro with 50% and PA Resources with 15%. The well will be drilled to a depth of 2,475 meters, and the duration of the drilling operation is estimated at 47 days. The reservoir is located at a depth of 2,275 meters. The recoverable volume has been estimated at approximately 50 million barrels. This is the first drilling operated by Det norske in 2008. According to the drilling program, the company will perform a total of nine drilling operations during 2008.

13 Dec 2007

NOIL Energy ASA: Dry well in the North Sea

Det norske oljeselskap ASA (“DETNOR”) announces today that Det norske’s subsidiary, NOIL Energy ASA, has concluded drilling of appraisal well 24/12-5S in the North Sea. Well 24/12-5S was drilled in Production License 341 to prove hydrocarbons in the Thorkildsen prospect in the Heimdal formation. The purpose of the well was to prove larger accumulations of hydrocarbons in the same formation as proven by well 24/12-3S in 1996. 16 meters of sandstone in the Heimdal formation over the oil/water contact was proven in well 24/12-3S, but no hydrocarbons. The well was drilled to a total depth of 2,214 meters in Paleocene rocks. The well is now being permanently plugged and abandoned. The well was drilled using the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility in 116 meters of water. As for Det norske oljeselskap, all costs pertaining to this well have been paid by PA Resources as part of a farm-in agreement between PA Resources and NOIL Energy.

10 Sep 2007

LUNDIN PETROLEUM HAS SPUDDED LUNO EXPLORATION WELL, OFFSHORE, NORWAY

Lundin Petroleum AB (Lundin Petroleum) is pleased to announce that drilling of the exploration well 16/1-8 on the Luno prospect located in Block 16/1, production licence PL 338, on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), has commenced. The 16/1-8 is targeting to test the hydrocarbon potential in sandstones of Middle and Upper Jurassic age. The structure is defined by 3D seismic and is a large pinch-out closure. The gross prospective resource of Luno is estimated at 250 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe). Lundin Petroleum is using the semi submersible drilling rig Bredford Dolphin to drill the prospect. Drilling is expected to take approximately one month. This is the first well operated by Lundin Petroleum on the NCS. Lundin Norway AS is the operator with 50 percent interest. Partners are RWE Dea Norge AS and Revus Energy ASA.

4 Jan 2007

More Drilling Activities for Pertra

PL 380 was awarded to Pertra (70% and operator) and DNO (30%) in APA 2005. The license partners were scheduled to make a drill or drop decision within 6 January 2007. The partners have now decided to drill an exploration well to test the Midgard West prospect. The prospect is scheduled to be drilled using the semi-submersible drilling rig ”Bredford Dolphin” in Q4 2007. The water depth is 266 meters and the prospect is situated 2,800 meters below the seabed. The prospect is located only 4 kilometers from the Midgard Field, which was discovered in 1981 and started producing through the Åsgard development in 1999. ”We are very pleased to commence drilling activities in the two operator licenses awarded to us in APA 2005. This indicates that we have been successful in identifying interesting licenses in our license applications. Midgard West is a classic example of an opportunity not being pursued by the major companies. Provided that hydrocarbons are present, this prospect will prove to be of great value to society”, comments CEO Erik Haugane. Following this decision, Pertra will operate two exploration wells on the Norwegian Shelf in 2007; one in the North Sea and this one in PL 380 in the Norwegian Sea.

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