North Sea wildcat well 6507/3-8 proves gas

Wildcat well 6507/3-8 in the North Sea has proved gas, according to Statoil.

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway -- Wildcat well 6507/3-8 in the North Sea has proved gas, according to Statoil. The discovery was made about 2 km (1.2 mi) southwest of the Norne field.

The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in the Fangst and Båt group in Middle to Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks. The well proved a 142-m (466-ft) gas column in the Fangst and Båt group, the company says.

The size of the discovery is estimated at between 1.3 and 1.5 bcm of recoverable gas. The well encountered rocks of the expected thickness and good reservoir quality. The well was not formation-tested, but the company has carried out extensive data acquisition and sampling.

The licensees may produce the discovery via the Norne field.

The semisub Ocean Vanguard drilled the well to a total depth of 2,968 m (9,738 ft) below the sea surface. The well was terminated in the Tilje formation in the Lower Jurassic and will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

The rig is now moving to production license 057 in the North Sea to drill wildcat well 34/4-12S.

12/16/2009

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