StatoilHydro announces small gas discovery in the Norwegian Sea
StatoilHydro Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 312, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 6407/6-7 S. The well, which proved gas, is located seven kilometres south of the Mikkel field in the Norwegian Sea.
The purpose of the well was to prove gas in the Middle Jurassic, and this was indeed proven. Preliminary estimates indicate that the size of the discovery is between 0.5 and 1.0 billion standard cubic metres of gas. The well was not formation-tested, but extensive data collection and sampling have been carried out.
The licensees in the production licence are considering producing the discovery via the Åsgard field, together with the 6407/6-6 gas discovery made in the same licence in 2008.
The well is the second exploration well in production licence 312. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 3162 metres below the sea surface, and was concluded in Early Jurassic rocks. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned.
Well 6407/6-7 S was drilled by the Ocean Vanguard drilling facility in 247 metres of water. The facility will proceed to production licence 159 D in the Norwegian Sea to drill wildcat well 6507/3-7, operated by StatoilHydro.