STAVANGER, Norway -- A gas discovery made by Statoil on the Tornerose structure in the Barents Sea is under consideration in connection with an expansion of the Hammerfest LNG plant.
"This discovery is encouraging," says Tim Dodson, the group's senior vice president for exploration on the Norwegian continental shelf. "It strengthens opportunities for expanding the Snøhvit gas liquefaction facility at Melkøya, and therefore marks an important stage in efforts to enlarge the resource base in the area."
Drilled byPolar Pioneer in 408 m of water, exploration well 7122/6-2 in production licence 110B proved gas in several sandstone layers from the late Triassic.
It was drilled to a total measured depth of 3,057 m below sea level about 60 km east of Snøhvit field and roughly 100 km northwest of Hammerfest.
Statoil is planning to drill further wells in the Snøhvit area next year and in 2008.