MOL finds oil at Evra/Iving in the Norwegian North Sea

March 18, 2020
MOL Norge has discovered oil and gas in the central Norwegian North Sea.

Offshore staff

BUDAPEST, Hungary – MOL Norge has discovered oil and gas in the central Norwegian North Sea.

The semisubmersible Deepsea Bergen drilled the Evra/Iving well on production license 820S, 8 km (5 mi) northwest of the Balder and Ringhorne fields and around 200 km (124 mi) west of Stavanger.

Early analysis suggests recoverable reserves in the range 12-71 MMboe with light oil at API 40° gravity.

The main borehole and two side tracks were drilled in 126 m (413 ft) of water to 2,652 m (8,701 ft) below sea level in basement rocks.

According to MOL, testing of the main Iving discovery in the Triassic Skagerrak sandstone formation flowed up to 3,463 boe/d, constrained by surface equipment. Partner Lundin Norway added that permanent pressure gauges were installed in the well, which will assist in determining areal reservoir connectivity from further appraisal.

At Evra, the well encountered gas and oil in Eocene/Paleocene age injectite reservoir sands up to 8 m (26 ft) thickness. Again, further appraisal will be needed to assess the resource potential.

Drilling also proved oil in the Statfjord sandstone formation and in weathered and fractured basement.

Lundin said the partners will consider a subsea tieback to nearby infrastructure, and will evaluate follow-up prospectivity elsewhere on the license.

The Deepsea Bergen will now head to the shipyard at Ågotnes west of Bergen for its periodic classification.