STAVANGER, Norway --StatoilHydro has discovered further oil in the Fram area of the Norwegian North Sea.
The semisubmersibleBideford Dolphin drilled well 35/11-B23-H in the eastern part of the Fram field, 10 km (6.2 mi) north of the Troll West oil province northern flank.
This was a dual-purpose well, designed to target petroleum in Mid-Jurassic rocks in the C East prospect, and to serve as horizontal producer in a proven Fram East reservoir.
In the event, it discovered oil and gas - mainly crude - which StatoilHydro estimates amount to 100 MMboe in place. This could yield recoverable reserves of 20-40 MMboe.
StatoilHydro believes the discovery could also extend into neighboring block 35/12, in production license PL090D.
The company will now examine options for a quick tieback to an existing production installation, possibly on Fram East or Troll C. The part of the well that encountered the exploration target will be permanently plugged and abandoned.