Petroleum geological activities in West Greenland in 2000

Flemming G. Christiansen, Jørgen A. Bojesen-Koefoed, James A. Chalmers, Finn Dalhoff, Anders Mathiesen, Martin Sønderholm, Gregers Dam, Ulrik Gregersen, Christian Marcussen, Henrik Nøhr-Hansen, Stefan Piasecki, Thomas Preuss, T. Christopher R. Pulvertaft, Jan Audun Rasmussen, Emma Sheldon

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The summer of 2000 was exciting for everyone interested in the petroleum geology and exploration of West Greenland. The first offshore well in more than 20 years was drilled by the Statoil group in the Fylla licence area, and seismic acquisition activity offshore West Greenland was more intense than previous years with four new surveys being carried out (Fig. 1).

Expectations were high when drilling of the Qulleq-1 well was initiated in July 2000, not only with the licensees and the authorities, but also with the public. The well was classified as highly confidential, but nevertheless all information available was closely followed by the press, especially in Greenland and Denmark, but also internationally (see Ghexis 2000). Disappointment was equally high when the press release in September 2000 reported that the well was dry. Since that time much technical work has been carried out by Statoil and its consultants (Pegrum et al. 2001) and by the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), and a more balanced view of the positive and negative surprises from the well can now be presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24–33
Number of pages10
JournalGeology of Greenland Survey Bulletin
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2001


  • West Greenland, Petroleum geology

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 3: Energy Resources


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