Albert tests to improve Maersk Oil Norwegian Sea knowledge

Maersk Oil is looking to use the analyses from the exploration well Albert in the Norwegian Sea to increase its knowledge of the area. Not until the results of the analyses are ready, Maersk Oil is able to assess the consequences for its plans in the area. And this may take six months.

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Yesterday, the Norwegian authorities and later Maersk Oil announced the closing of the exploration well in the Albert prospect as no gas was found. When the drilling was initiated in the middle of December, hopes to the field were high. According to, Head of Maersk Oil Norway, Morten Jeppesen said that “with a positive result we may be closer to a major area development in this part of the Norwegian Sea.” Now Morten Jeppesen tells ShippingWatch that the data from Albert will have to come under heavy scrutiny which may take as much as six months.

“The result of the analysis will help decide our exploration strategy in the Norwegian Sea. It is obvious that we will look to use the new information from Albert in similar areas and thereby gain knowledge about the Norwegian Sea underground,” says Morten Jeppesen.

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