Statoil discovers more gas near Oseberg offshore Norway

Offshore staff

OSLO, NorwayStatoil has proven a new gas accumulation in the Oseberg area of the North Sea.

The semisubmersible Songa Delta drilled well 30/9-28 S in 99 m (325 ft) of water in production license 104, 5.5 km (3.4 mi) west of the Oseberg South field and 140 km (87 mi) west of Bergen.

According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), the well encountered gas in two separate intervals. In the Tarbet formation it intersected a 20-m (65.6-ft) gas column of which 10 m (33 ft) were in sandstone with good reservoir quality.

In the Statfjord group, the well penetrated a 12-m (39-ft) gas column in sandstone with moderate reservoir quality.

NPD estimates recoverable volumes at 1-2 MMcm. Statoil and its partners will assess the find for potential inclusion in the “Oseberg Future Phase 2” project.

The well was not formation-tested, but data acquisition and sampling were carried out.

Songa Delta will next drill a shallow gas pilot, 30/6-U-27 in PL 053, where Statoil is also operator.


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