STAVANGER-- Statoil has proven further reserves in the Norne area of the Norwegian Sea.
Well 6608/10-14 S, drilled by the Ocean Vanguard in 352 m (1,155 ft) of water in license PL 128, found oil and gas in the Fossekall prospect, just north of the Norne field. The well proved oil in the Ile, Tofte and Åre formations and gas in the Melke formation. Statoil estimates recoverable resources at 37-63 MMbbl of oil and 1-3 bcm of associated and free gas.
The company and its partners Petoro and ENI Norge will consider developing Fossekall through a tie-in to Norne, where an FPSO gathers production from various fields via seabed templates. Norne is also linked to the gas infrastructure on the Norwegian mainland via the Norne gas export and Åsgard transport pipelines.
Last year Statoil discovered oil on the Dompap prospect in the same area. “These discoveries demonstrate that also the deeper, western parts of the Norne area remain prospective,” said Statoil’s Geir Richardsen, head of exploration for near-infrastructure acreage in the Norwegian Sea.