OSLO, Norway – Statoil Petroleum has discovered small quantities of gas with its latest wildcat in the Gullfaks area of the Norwegian North Sea.
Well 34/10-53 A was drilled by the Deepsea Atlantic in 136 m (446 ft) water depth in production license 050B, 5 km (3.1 mi) west of the Gullfaks Sør field. It is a side track from well 34/10-53 S, which discovered gas and condensate earlier this year.
According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the objective was to prove petroleum in mid-Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Brent group).
Gas was encountered in a 170-m (558-ft) column in the upper part of the Brent group (the Tarbert formation). Preliminary suggest recoverable reserves in the range 0.4-1.2 MMcmoe (14-42 Mmcfoe), which could be tied-in to existing infrastructure in the Gullfaks area.
Deepsea Atlantic is remaining in the area for further drilling for Statoil in the southern part of the Gullfaks Sør field, in PL 050.