OSLO, Norway – Aker BP has made a small gas discovery in the Svanefjell prospect in the southern Barents Sea.
The semisubmersibleDeepsea Stavanger drilled well 7221/12-1 in 346 m (1,135 ft) of water in license PL659, 20 km (12 mi) west of the 7222/11-2 (Langlitinden) discovery, and 175 km (109 mi) northwest of Hammerfest.
According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), the well encountered a 20-m (66-ft) gas column in the upper part of the Snadd formation, including 7 m (23 ft) of sandstone layers with good to moderate reservoir quality, and a gas-water contact at 555 m (1,821 ft) below the sea surface.
Early analysis suggests the gas may be in the gas-hydrate phase and Aker BP will attempt to clarify this through further studies.
If there is free gas in the reservoir, the NPD added, there would appear to be 2-3.5 bcm recoverable, a volume not considered commercial at this point.
The Deepsea Stavanger will head south to drill appraisal well 25/4-12 S in PL203 in the North Sea for the same operator.
Wellesley Petroleum has the NPD’s approval to use the semisubTransocean Arctic to drill well 35/12-7 in PL925 in the North Sea.
The location is 23 km (14.3 mi) southwest of the Neptune Energy-operated Gjøa field and 7 km (4.3 mi) east of Equinor’s Byrding field.
This will be the second well on the license, awarded under Norway’s APA 2017 round.