9 023 meters longBrage platform. Photo: Wintershall Dea/Morten Berentsen

9 023 meters long

Wintershall Dea has drilled its longest well in the company’s history.

The A36B well reaches 9 023 meters from the Brage platform and is thus about 200 meters longer than the height of Mount Everest.

– On a tail end platform, we continue to operate at the sharp edge of technical possibilities, setting new records while we reach for the barrels that will keep Brage producing for the next ten years at least, said Mark van Aerssen, Brage Drilling Manager for Wintershall Dea Norge, in a press release.

Brage was discovered in the North Sea in 1980 and began production in 1993. When Wintershall Dea took over operatorship from Equinor (then Statoil), the platform was granted a lifetime extension until 2030.

– Our ambition is to make sure that Brage continues to produce beyond the next decade. It has already been in production from more than 25 years, and we believe it can continue to create value for Wintershall Dea, our partners and the whole of Norwegian society for many years to come, added van Aerssen.