Neptune Energy begins drilling Hamlet exploration well

March 01, 2022

Neptune Energy and partners announced drilling has commenced on the Hamlet exploration well in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

The well (35/9-16S) is being drilled by the Deepsea Yantai, a semi-submersible rig, owned by CIMC and operated by Odfjell Drilling. The Hamlet prospect is located 7 km north of the Gjøa field within the Neptune-operated PL153 Licence.

“Hamlet is an interesting prospect and it is in keeping with our exploration strategy of focusing on opportunities within core areas near existing infrastructure,” said Steinar Meland, Neptune Energy’s Director of Subsurface in Norway. “This can offer a short lead time from discovery to production, reduce costs and carbon emissions and help mature and replenish our current licenses."

In the event of a commercial discovery, the Hamlet prospect could be tied back to the Neptune-operated Gjøa platform and produced with less than half the average CO2 emissions on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.*

Located 58 kilometers (36 miles) west of Florø, Norway, at a water depth of 358 meters (190 feet), Hamlet is positioned in one of Neptune’s core areas and close to existing infrastructure. The reservoir target is the Lower Cretaceous Agat Formation and is expected to be reached at a depth of approximately 2,600 metres.

The drilling program comprises a main-bore (35/9-16S) with an optional side-track (35/9-16A) based on the outcome of the exploration well.

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