Aker BP finds oil close to North Sea Bøyla field
Aker BP has proven oil and gas with its latest wells in the Alvheim Area of the North Sea, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.
The semisubmersibleScarabeo 8 drilled both wells in 120 m (394 ft) of water in license 869, around 4 km (2.5 mi) northwest of the Bøyla field and 225 km (140 mi) west of Stavanger.
Well 24/9-14 S delivered a total gas column of 30 m (98.4 ft) and an oil column of 38 m (125 ft) in the Hordaland group in sandstone layers (injectites), with mostly favorable reservoir properties.
The sandstones are thought to be re-mobilized sand from the Heimdal and Hermod formations in the Paleocene which are injected into the overlying Hordaland group.
Appraisal well 24/9-14 A followed, 2,650 m (8,694 ft) to the northeast. It was drilled horizontally, encountering various gas-bearing and oil-bearing injectite zones.
The NPD estimates recoverable resources in the range of 10-21 MMcmoe, adding that the nearby 24/9-3 (Gamma) oil discovery can be viewed as part of the discovery. The find may also extend across the North Sea median line into UK waters.
Aker BP and its partners will consider a tie-in to infrastructure serving the Alvheim area.
These were the first wells on the license, which was awarded under Norway’s APA 2016 round.
TheScarabeo 8 will next drill a combined wildcat/test production well, 24/9-15 S, for Aker BP in PL 340.