SINGAPORE – Equinor and its partners have made a small gas discovery on the Apollonia prospect in the Norwegian Sea.
According to partner Lime Petroleum, the well, drilled by the semisub West Hercules in 295 m (968 ft) of water on the PL 263 D license, 9 km (5.6 mi) east of the Maria field, encountered a 9-m (29.5-ft) gas column in the Lower Cretaceous Lange formation.
The partners will assess the result in relation to other discoveries and prospects in the area to determine potential further exploration.
After P&A’ing the well, the West Hercules will drill another wildcat for Equinor on PL 960 in the Barents Sea.
Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority has approved Equinor’s request to use Odfjell’s semisub Deepsea Atlantic for production drilling and P&A work on the Vigdis field in the North Sea.
The planned program should last around 40 days.