Jez Averty, senior vice president for exploration in Norway and the UK, said: “We were exploring for oil and this is not the result we were hoping for. However, this gas discovery has the potential to contribute additional resources to the Snøhvit project.”
Statoil estimates recoverable volumes at around 10-20 MMboe.
The semisubmersibleSonga Enabler drilled the well in license PL 849, granted under last year’s Norwegian Awards in Predefined Areas round. The well, drilled in 378 m (1,240 ft) of water, encountered gas in a 23-m (75-ft) column in the Stø formation.
TheSonga Enabler now heads to the Hoop area to drill the Gemini North prospect in license PL855, northeast of OMV’s Wisting discovery.
Lundin Norway has permission from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate to drill appraisal well 7220/11-4 A in the Barents Sea, using the semisubLeiv Eiriksson.
The location is roughly 2 km (1.2 mi) south of the discovery well 7220/11-1 in PL 609, awarded in 2011 under Norway’s 21st licensing round.