Draupne test delivers strong flow rates

Det norske has completed a successful production test on its operated Draupne discovery in the Norwegian North Sea, using the drilling rig Songa Delta.

Offshore staff

TRONDHEIM, Norway -- Det norske has completed a successful production test on its operated Draupne discovery in the Norwegian North Sea, using the drilling rig Songa Delta.

During the program a limited section of the total hydrocarbon column in the 16/1-11 vertical appraisal well was perforated. This produced 1,100-3,300 b/d of oil through a choke with an opening of between 28/64-in. and 60/64-in.

Det norske says the oil was light and of good quality. Based on the results, it believes that production wells in the field could deliver strong flow rates, leading to average production of around 12,000 b/d per well.

This was Det norske’s first production test, and provides a basis for testing in the company’s future exploration and appraisal wells.

Draupne was discovered in 2008, the well encountering a total hydrocarbon column of 44 m. Appraisal well 16/1-11 proved a 57-m (187-ft) hydrocarbon column. The partners have decided to drill a side track to determine the oil-water contact.

Although the test is a step in the right direction for commercialization of the field, further analysis will be needed - incorporating the results of the sidetrack - before the partners can agree an investment decision.

Elsewhere in the Norwegian sector, Det norske is a partner in license PL 038D, where operator Talisman has started drilling a well to delineate the Grevling discovery. It also has a 40% stake in license PL 332, where Talisman has started drilling an exploration well on the Optimus prospect.

4/22/2010

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