Aker BP Drills Duster at Laushornet Prospect


May 12, 2022

Credit; Odfjell Drilling – via NPD

Norwegian oil company Aker BP has drilled a dry well in production license 685, in the Norwegian part of the North Sea, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

The NPD announced on Thursday that Aker BP had completed drilling the wild well 35/4-3, located about 20 kilometers southeast of the Knarr field in the North Sea, and 100 kilometers west of Florø . According to information previously shared by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway, the name of the prospect is Laushornet.

The purpose of the well was to prove oil in Early Jurassic rocks of the Cook Formation.

“The well has encountered the Cook Formation, approximately 93 meters thick, of which 67 meters is sandstone with moderate to good reservoir quality. The well is dry. Data acquisition has been completed,” said the NDP.

This is the first exploration well under production license 685, awarded in APA 2012.

The well was drilled using Odfjell Drilling’s Deepsea Nordkapp semi-submersible drilling rig. It was drilled to a vertical depth of 4674 meters below sea level, and it terminated in the Lower Jurassic Cook Formation.

The water depth at the site is 399 meters. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Aker is the license operator with a 40% stake. Its partners are Wellesley Petroleum (40%) and Petoro (20%).

The offshore drilling platform Deepsea Nordkapp will now drill the wild well 6507/2-6 – Storjo East prospect – in the production license 261 in the Norwegian Sea, where Aker BP ASA is the operator.


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