Small oil discovery near Norne field
STAVANGER -- Statoil Petroleum AS, operator for production licence 159 C, is in the process of completing the drilling of wildcat well 6507/3-10. Drilled about 12 km south of Norne field in the Norwegian Sea, the well' s purpose is to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks of the Middle and Early Jurassic Age (Fangst and Båt group).
The well encountered a 10-m net oil column in the Middle Jurassic (the Garn formation), with reservoir characteristics as expected. In addition, oil was encountered in a 2-to-3-m thin sand layer, in the upper part of the Tilje formation. A preliminary estimate of the discovery' s size is under 1 MM cu m of recoverable oil. Analyses will be made of the discovery to assess its commerciality. The well was not formation-tested, but extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. This is the first exploration well in Production Licence 159 C, which was awarded in February 2008.