Statoil has found oil and gas in the Fossekall prospect on production license 128, just north of the Norne field in the Norwegian Sea.
The proved recoverable resources at Fossekall are provisionally estimated at between 37 and 63 million barrels of oil. The volume of associated and free gas is estimated at between 1-3 billion standard cubic meters of gas.
Located in waters measuring 352 meters deep, the 6608/10-14 S discovery well proved oil in the Ile, Tofte and Are formations and gas in the Melke formation.
Well 6608/10-14 S was drilled by the Ocean Vanguard to total vertical depth of 2,749 meters below sea level. It was concluded in the Are formation in the lower Jurassic.
Now in the process of being plugged and abandoned, the well is number 24 in series on production license 128, which was awarded during round 10B in 1986.
North of Norne
”I am pleased that we have made yet another discovery in the area north of the Norne field,” says Geir Richardsen, Statoil’s head of exploration for acreage close to the infrastructure in the Norwegian Sea.
Last year Statoil discovered oil on the Dompap prospect, which also lies north of the Norne field.
“These discoveries demonstrate that also the deeper, western parts of the Norne area remain prospectable. This may well have a bearing on our field longevity work,” says Richardsen.
Field Development: Subsea Tieback
Together with its partners the company will consider developing the discovery through a tie-in to Norne, where the storage and production ship Norne receives production from seabed templates.
Norne is also linked to the gas infrastructure on the continent by means of the pipeline systems Norne gas export and Åsgard transport via Kårstø in Rogaland.
Statoil serves as the operator of PL 128 with 63.9 percent interest. Partners on the block include Petoro with 24.55 percent and Eni with 11.5 percent.