Petro-Canada proves oil near Snorre

Petro-Canada Norge has found further oil in production license 375 in the Norwegian North Sea.

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway -- Petro-Canada Norge has found further oil in production license 375 in the Norwegian North Sea.

The company drilled well 34/4-13 S to delineate the 34/4-11 oil discovery, drilled earlier this year. The location of the latest well, drilled by the West Alpha, was 15 km (9.3 mi) northwest of the Statoil-operated Snorre field.

According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the purpose was to prove petroleum in the Statfjord formation from the Early Jurassic. Secondary aims were to prove petroleum in Jurassic age reservoir rocks in the Cook formation and in the Triassic age Lunde formation.

The well encountered oil in the Statfjord formation, although volumes remain unclear. A formation test was performed with a maximum flow rate of 1,600 cu m/d (56.5 Mcf/d) of oil through a 28/64-in. choke.

The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 4,273 m (14,019 ft) below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Lunde formation. Water depth was 375 m (1,230 ft).

12/28/2010

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