Neptune Energy and its partners have announced hydrocarbons were encountered at the Hamlet exploration well in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
After entering the reservoir, located within the Gjøa licence (PL153), logs encountered hydrocarbons, and a decision was made to initiate coring.
The operations in the reservoir section are still at an early stage, and it has yet to be confirmed if commercial volumes are present. A contingent sidetrack may be drilled to further define the extent of the discovery.
Located 58 km west of Florø, Norway, in a water depth of 358 m, Hamlet is within one of Neptune’s core areas and close to existing infrastructure.
The drilling program comprises a main bore (35/9-16S) with an optional sidetrack (35/9-16A) based on the outcome of the exploration well.
Hamlet is being drilled by the Deepsea Yantai, a semisubmersible rig owned by CIMC and operated by Odfjell Drilling.