Neptune extends North Sea Agat play with Hamlet discovery

April 28, 2022
Neptune Energy has confirmed the discovery of oil and gas at the Hamlet exploration wells in license PL153 in the Norwegian North Sea.

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway – Neptune Energy has confirmed the discovery of oil and gas at the Hamlet exploration wells in license PL153 in the Norwegian North Sea.

The company estimates in-place volumes in the range 30-70 MMboe, with preliminary analysis suggesting recoverable resources of 8-24 MMboe.

Hamlet is 58 km (36 mi) west of Florø in a water depth of 358 m (1,174 ft). The partners will consider a potential tie-back to the Neptune-operated Gjøa semi-submersible platform.

Managing director for Norway and the UK, Odin Estensen, said: “This discovery is in line with Neptune’s strategy to focus on exploration around existing hubs, enabling us to fast-track development, and to keep costs down and carbon emissions low.

“A potential field development would build on our experiences from recent successful developments of the Duva field and Gjøa P1 segment.”

The semisubmersible Deepsea Yantai, operated by Odfjell Drilling, drilled the main-bore (35/9-16S) and side-track (35/9-16A). Both wells found hydrocarbons, with the sidetrack confirming an oil/water contact at 2,662 m TVD.

Neptune’s director of Exploration & Development in Norway, Steinar Meland, added: “The Hamlet exploration well confirms the extended potential of the Agat play, previously only developed and produced in the Neptune-operated Duva field.

“Neptune plans to drill a further exploration well, the Ofelia prospect, in the same play later this year.”

The Hamlet partners include Neptune Energy (operator and 30%), Petoro (30%), Wintershall Dea (28%), OKEA (12%).