Equinor has struck gas with its Orn exploration well near the Marulk field in the Norwegian Sea.
Recoverable resources are estimated at 50–88 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe).
The well was drilled by the West Phoenix rig.
The licensees are Equinor (operator, 40%), AkerBP (30%) and Wellesley (30%).
Nick Ashton, Equinor’s senior vice president for exploration in Norway and the UK, said: “The Orn discovery proves that there are still opportunities on the Norwegian continental shelf and reconfirms the Norwegian Sea’s importance to our domestic activity.
“The discovery follows several discoveries we have made in the same area during the past years, adding considerable volumes in an area with an already developed infrastructure.
“This gives us the opportunity to recover the resources profitably for both the licensees and society.”