(Stavanger) Statoil says its recent Tornerose gas discovery in the Barents Sea could be produced eventually as part of a scheme to expand the LNG plant nearby in northern Norway. That facility, nearing completion on Melkoya Island, will initially handle supplies from the Snohvit offshore field.
However, further development of this plant would require more supplies on top of Tornerose's gas, which would have to come from future exploration in the area, planned during 2007-08. Tornerose, which was drilled in 408 m of water, proved gas in several sandstone layers from the late Triassic. The semisubPolar Pioneer, which drilled the well, will now move on to appraise Eni's Goliat discovery in nearby production license 229.