Statoil Make Offshore North Sea Gas Discovery

Published at 12:57PM - 20/11/15

Norwegian state owned oil and gas producer, Statoil, has confirmed an gas discovery 140 km (87mi) offshore Bergen, in the Norwegian North Sea.

The exploration well was drilled to the east of Statoil’s Visund, an oil and gas producing semisubmersible asset.

The Norwegian petroleum Directorate (NPD), have said that the discovery is estimated to contain reserves between 0.4 and 1.1 million Sm³ of recoverable oil equivalents.

Exploration Well

In a press release, the NPD said the primary target of the exploration well, was to prove gas and or gas condensate in the licence block’s Middle Triassic formation.

The secondary target was to see if the licence block contained the Lower to Middle Jurassic reservoir, widely known as the giant Statfjord and Brent formations- the reservoir that gives its title to the Brent crude index.

The well would also see if the area contained Upper Triassic reservoir rocks, known as the Lunde formation.

The NPD said that although the exploration well did encounter an 85 meter column of oil, gas and gas condensate in the Lunde formation, it can confirm that the giant Statfjord and Brent formations are not present in the area.

Plug And Abandon

The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned, by the same offshore drilling rig, the Songa Trym. 

Back in October, Offshore Post reported that Statoil had cancelled its contract with Songa, for the Trym offshore drilling rig, four months earlier that its end date in March 2016.

The offshore drilling contractor said: “The rig will be stacked while marketed for new employment.”

Last updated on 11:37AM - 23/11/15