Statoil finds natural gas, condensates in North Sea close to Sleipner

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway – Statoil Petroleum has proven small quantities of oil and gas and condensate from a wildcat well in the Sleipner area of the North Sea.

According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), well 16/7-10AS – the first on production license 569 – was drilled by the semisubmersible drilling rig Ocean Vanguard, 16 km (9.9 mi) northeast of the Sleipner Øst field.

The aim was to prove petroleum in Paleocene reservoir rocks (the Ty formation). However, only a thin gas/condensate column was encountered in a 115-m (377-ft) thick reservoir. The licensees plan to evaluate the find with other nearby discoveries.

The well will be permanently P&A’d. Ocean Vanguard will transfer to PL 120 in the northern part of the Norwegian North Sea to drill production wells at the Visund Sør field, again for Statoil.

In the Norwegian Sea, NPD has approved Rocksource’s request to drill well 6608/11-7 S on license PL 559, using the semisub Borgland Dolphin.

The license takes in blocks 6608/10 and 6608/11. The well will be drilled 6 km (3.7 mi) northeast of the Linerle discovery and 32 km (19.9 mi) northeast of the Norne field.


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