The company drilled the well about 65km northeast of the Ula oil field in production license 453s, to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks, which is the Sandnes formation.

8/5-1 well is the first one to be drilled in the production license, which was awarded in APA 2007. The well was spud to a vertical depth of 2,405m below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Skagerrak formation in the Triassic.

The reservoir quality of the Sandnes formation was poor and the company has decided to permanently plug and abandon the well.

Lundin used Maersk Guardian drilling rig to spud the well and will now move to production license 495 to drill a wildcat well 7/4-3.

Lundin Petroleum is the operator of the license with 35% interest, whereas its partners Det Norske Oljeselskap, Noreco, and VNG Norge own 25%, 25%, and 15% respectively.