"After initially positive indications on the Cooper prospect, further test results have been disappointing, indicating sub-commercial flow rates from the reservoir," the company said in a statement.
"Formation testing has been suspended and the joint venture partners will now evaluate all the test data to establish next steps for the prospect."
The well in the Norwegian Sea was drilled to a depth of more than 16,000 feet in 800 feet of water. Energy reporting Web site Upstream stated that Centrica had encountered a column of oil at the well that proved immobile.
The Norwegian government in a report this month said drilling on the Norwegian continental shelf is 40 percent higher than for the United Kingdom.
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