According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), Total E&P Norge made a gas/condensate discovery northeast of the Martin Linge field in the North Sea.
“Preliminary estimations of the size of the discovery are between 2 and 11 million standard cubic metres (70,629 and 388,461 cubic feet) of recoverable oil equivalents,” the NPD said in a report.
Total Makes North Sea Oil Discovery
The well, operated by Total, was drilled in the northeast part of the Martin Linge field, with the objective to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks (Brent group).
As a result, Total encountered gas and condensate in the Tarbert, Ness and Etive formations in the Brent group, with “good” reservoir quality.
Map of the Martin Linge field (Total)
Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out with a maximum production rate of 2.4 million cubic metres (84,755 cubic feet) of gas per flow day.
The well was drilled to a vertical and measured depth of 4,134 metres (13,562.9 feet) and 4,581 (15,029 feet) below the sea surface, respectively.
Maersk Intrepid Drills Martin Linge Field
The 30/4-3 S well is the fourth exploration well in the production licence and was drilled by the Maersk Intrepid drilling facility.
With this discovery, Total E&P Norge brought additional resources to the Martin Linge development, and can now put the well into production at start-up of the field.
The Martin Linge field is located in the North Sea, 42 kilometres (26 miles) from Oseberg, at a water depth of 115 metres (377.29 feet).
The area has been proven complex and high-pressure, consisting of a sizeable oil reservoir and a gas reservoir.
In 2010, a new well was drilled by Total, making it possible to develop the Martin Linge field, with estimated recoverable reserves of approximately 190 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe).
First oil from Martin Linge is scheduled for 2018.