With its PL272 partnrs, operator Statoil has made a gas discovery in the Askja West prospect and an oil discovery in the Askja East prospect in the North Sea.
Exploration wells 30/11-9 S and 30/11-9 A, drilled by the drilling rig Ocean Vanguard, are located between the Oseberg and Frigg fields and about 13 km southeast of the Statoil-operated Krafla/Krafla West discoveries.
Main wellbore 30/11-9 S tested the Askja West prospect and proved a net gas column of 90 meters in Late and Middle Jurassic rocks. Side-track 30/11-9 A tested the Askja East prospect and proved a net oil column of 40 meters in the same geological formations. The reservoir properties were as expected in both wells.
Statoil estimates the total volumes in Askja West and Askja East to be in the range of 19–44 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent. Exploration wells 30/11-9 S and 30/11-9 A are situated in PL272 in the North Sea. Statoil is operator with an interest of 50%. The partners are Svenska Petroleum Exploration AS (25%) and Det norske oljeselskap ASA (25%).