CALGARY, Canada – Total’s appraisal well on the Norvarg discovery in the Barents Sea has encountered hydrocarbons, according to partner Ithaca Energy (TSX:IAE, LSE AIM:IAE).
The semisubmersible Leiv Eirkisson spudded well 7225/3-2 on license PL535 on April 25, in 377 m (1,237 ft) of water. The location is 275 km (171 mi) north of the Hammerfest LNG plant on Melkøya.
Wireline logs, formation testing, and cores confirm hydrocarbons in the Kobbe formation. A drillstem test will follow to assess the quality of the Kobbe reservoir and the volume potential in the northeast part of the Norvarg closure.
Total E&P Norge is operator with 40% interest. Other participants are North Energy, 20%; Ithaca Petroleum Norge, 13%; Statoil, 10%; Det Norske, 10%; and Rocksource Exploration Norway 7%.
The same Ithaca partners were awarded PL535B under Norway’s recent 22nd licensing. This covers part of block 7225/2, an extension of PL535.