Ocean Vanguard finds gas off central Norway

Statoil has found gas while drilling north of the producing Mikkel field in the Norwegian Sea.

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway – Statoil has found gas while drilling north of the producing Mikkel field in the Norwegian Sea. Well 6407/2-6-S, drilled by the semisub Ocean Vanguard in 253 m (830 ft) of water, also encountered a small oil column in the Tilje formation.

The location is 5 km (3 mi) north of Mikkel and 190 km (118 mi) west of Namsos. Preliminary estimates suggest 2-4 MMcmoe (70.5-141 MMcfoe) recoverable.

According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the aim was to prove petroleum in Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Tilje and Ror formations). Gas and oil were proven in Tilje, with small quantities of gas in the Ror formation. In both cases, reservoir quality was as expected.

Statoil is performing data acquisition and sampling. The partners in license PL 473 will review options for producing the discovery through existing infrastructure on the Åsgard field.

This was the first exploration well in the license, which was awarded in 2008 under the APA 2007 round. The well will be plugged and abandoned.

05/13/2010

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