Total confirms gas find in Skirne East offshore Norway
Total has found gas with its latest well in the Skirne area of the central Norwegian North Sea.
The semisubmersibleLeiv Eiriksson drilled well 25/6-5 S in 120 m (393 ft) of water in production license 627, 7 km (4.3 mi) east of the Skirne field and 170 km (105 mi) northwest of Stavanger.
According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), the well intersected a 10-m (33-ft) gas column in the Mid-Jurassic Hugin formation with good reservoir quality. Preliminary estimates suggest 3-10 MMboe recoverable.
This was the first well on the license, awarded under Norway’s APA 2011 round.
After P&A’ing operations, the rig will transfer north to the Barents Sea to drill another wildcat well (7324/8-2) for OMV in PL 537.
NPD has authorized two further wells: one, operated by Skirne partner Det norske oljeselskap, is designed to appraise theIvar Aasen field, currently under development in the North Sea.
TheMaersk Interceptor will drill well 16/1-22 S after completing two other appraisal wells in the same license.
Talisman Energy Norge has permission to drill a prospect northeast of the Varg field in the North Sea, using the jackupMaersk Giant.