StatoilHydro hits pay in North Sea, considers development via Skarv

Wildcat well 6507/3-7 in the North Sea has proved gas, according to StatoilHydro.

Offshore staff

OSLO -- Wildcat well 6507/3-7 in the North Sea has proved gas, according to StatoilHydro. The discovery is 2 km (1.2 mi) northwest of the Idun gas discovery and about 10 km (6.2 mi) north of the skarv discovery.

The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in the Fangst and Båt group in Middle and Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks. The well proved gas in the Fangst group. The underlying Båt group was water-filled, the company reports.

The size of the discovery is estimated at between 0.6 and 3 bcm (Sm3) of recoverable gas. There is a potential for additional volumes beyond the proven gas volumes and further delineation of the discovery will be considered, the company says. The well was not formation-tested, but extensive data acquisition and sampling were conducted.

The semisubmersible Ocean Vanguard drilled the well to a vertical depth of 3,833 m (12,575 ft) below sea level. The well was concluded in the Åre formation in the Lower Jurassic.

The company and its license partners are considering production via the Skarv discovery.

07/17/2009

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