Gita shaping up as major discovery

Maersk's recent Gita gas discovery in the Danish North Sea could hold resources of 250-600 MMboe, according to a new estimate from partner Noreco.

Offshore staff

STAVANGER --Maersk's recent Gita gas discovery in the Danish North Sea could hold resources of 250-600 MMboe, according to a new estimate from partner Noreco.

The well, drilled by the jack-upEnsco 101, encountered gas in Mid-Jurassic sandstones in a hydrocarbon-prone area of the Central Graben in the Danish sector.

Noreco participates in other development projects off Denmark, including Hess' South Arne, where average gross production last year was 25,000 boe/d. The partners are reviewing a phase III development plan, and have agreed locations for two new infill wells. There will also be a program of fracturing, re-stimulation, perforations, water shut-off, milling, and application of production logging tools.

In Danish license 7/06, Noreco continues to evaluate development of its 2007 Rau oil discovery, located 9 km (5.6 mi) southwest of the Cecilie production platform.

Elsewhere in The North Sea, Noreco says a development proposal should be issued next March for the Flyndre discovery on the UK/Norway median line. This will include volumes discovered in the Palaeocene section on both the Norwegian license PL 018C, where Noreco is a 13.3% participant, and the adjacent UK license.

The first producer well has already been drilled on the UK side, and production equipment should be installed ready for first oil in 2011.

04/30/2009

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