Statoil will drill its 1,000th exploration well on the Norwegian continental shelf. The 6608/10-7 well will be an appraisal well near the Norne field in the Norwegian Sea.
Statoil drilled its first exploratory well in the North Sea's Sleipner area in 1975.
Statoil's Tor Fjaeran, senior vice president for new areas in Exploration & Production Norway, said that when the initial well was drilled, the company was "just apprentices learning from Esso, who provided technical assistance."
A year later, Statoil stood on its own when it drilled exploration well 1/9-1 on the North Sea's Tommeliten field. The well determined the development of the field.
Likewise, Statoil said the 1,000th well might be decisive for development of the Svale field near Norne.
Since the Tommeliten field was abandoned, Statoil said it has developed drilling technology from vertical wells to horizontal wells up to 29,529 feet.
According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, 771 of Statoil's 1,000 wells have been drilled in the North Sea, 167 in the Norwegian Sea and 62 in the Barents Sea.
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