Faroe Petroleum hits oil, gas in the Norwegian Sea


Faroe Petroleum hits oil, gas in the Norwegian Sea

ABERDEEN, United Kingdom -- Faroe Petroleum has made an oil and gas discovery with the Pil exploration well in the Norwegian Sea.

The Pil well (6406/12-3S) encountered a gross hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir section with approximately 135 m of oil and 91 m of gas in the Jurassic reservoir of the Rogn Formation, which has proved to be an effective reservoir at the Shell-operated Draugen oil field, located 60 km to the north east. Preliminary results based on extensive coring, wireline logs and pressure data show that the well has encountered oil and gas in reservoir sands with a very high net to gross ratio.

Extensive data have been collected, including the coring of the hydrocarbon-bearing zone and the partners in the well have decided that a drill stem test will be undertaken once total vertical depth has been reached. Subject to positive test results, an immediate side-track well is expected to be drilled to confirm the lateral extent of the Rogn reservoir on this discovery.

The Pil discovery has de-risked further prospectivity within the licence (Licence PL 586) which is being assessed for possible fast-track drilling.

The Pil prospect is located within tie-back distance (33 km) of the Njord platform in which the company holds a 7.5% working interest. The vertical depth of the well is currently at 3,605 m. The Pil licence drilling operations are operated by VNG Norge AS (30%) using the Transocean Arctic drilling rig with partners Spike Exploration Holdings AS (30%) and Rocksource Exploration Norway AS (15%).

“Pil is one of three exploration and appraisal wells we are drilling concurrently in our continuing high impact exploration and appraisal programme. The two other wells currently drilling are the Solberg well (Faroe 20%), on the Halten Terrace, and the Butch East well (Faroe 15%), adjacent to the Butch Main discovery (Faroe 15%) in the Norwegian North Sea. Results are expected on Solberg and Butch East in the coming weeks,” said Graham Stewart, the Chief Executive of Faroe Petroleum.

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