OSLO, Norway --Eni Norge has confirmed a "promising" gas and condensate discovery on the Afrodite prospect in the Norwegian North Sea. Press reports earlier this year suggested a major gas find, but the operator has not issued a reserves estimate.
Well 34/12-1 was drilled by the semisubTransocean Leader in 373 m (1,224 ft) of water in the Vikinggraben in production license 293. The location is around 30 km (18.6 mi) northeast of StatoilHydro's Kvitebjorn field.
The aim was to evaluate hydrocarbon potential in Jurassic-age rocks – according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the well proved gas and condensate in Mid-Jurassic strata before being terminated in the Early Jurassic at a total depth of 4,688 m (15,380 ft).
Eni tested the well and conducted extensive data collection and sampling, but says it needs more extensive evaluation before establishing the resource potential. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned. The rig will now drill a wildcat for StatoilHydro in Norwegian Sea production license 283.