OSLO -- StatoilHydro has made a small additional gas discovery during drilling of an exploration well northwest of Sandnessjøen in mid-Norway.
The well, drilled by theTransocean Leader, confirmed a 38-m (125-ft) gas column in the lower part of the Nise formation. The confirmed resources are small, and it is too early to say whether the discovery is commercially viable when seen in connection with a possible field development of Haklang and the nearby Luva and Snefrid South finds, the company says.
The purpose of the well was to confirm petroleum in Upper Cretaceous reservoir rock. The well was a planned sidetrack to a deeper prospect following the confirmation of 8–14 bcm of gas during drilling of well 6707/10-2 S in the Haklang prospect.
The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 4,325 m (14,190 ft) below sea level and concluded in lower parts of the Nise formation in Upper Cretaceous rock. The water depth in the area is 1,248 m (4,094 ft).