Statoil starts gas production from Sleipner Beta West

By OGJ editors
-- Statoil started gas production from its 2009 Beta West discovery 1½ km west of the main Sleipner West reservoir in the North Sea.

The discovery well 15/9-B-1 was drilled to a vertical depth of 3,760 m (measured depth of 6,069 m) from the Sleipner B wellhead platform in Sleipner West and encountered hydrocarbons in a sandstone unit of the Hugin formation. Water depth at Sleipner B is 108 m.

Statoil estimates that Beta West holds an estimated 80 million boe and will boost production from Sleipner B by about 15,000 boe/d.

Although Beta West contains oil, Statoil determined from the results of five appraisal wells that the oil could not be recovered.

Sleipner West lies in Norway's Blocks 15/6 and 15/9 and production of gas and condensate from the field began in August 1996.

Operator Statoil hold a 58.35% interest in the Sleipner West. Partners are ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Norway AS 32.24%, and Total E&P Norge AS 9.41%.

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