The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate today confirmed Statoil’s wildcat has made a North Sea oil discovery.
The Norwegian operator was drilling two wildcats two kilometres south of the Askja Øst discovery, and about 35 km southwest of the Oseberg Sør facility in the North Sea.
The first well encountered a 37-metre oil column in the upper part of the Tarbert formation, of which about 30 metres had good to moderate reservoir properties. The second well was drilled further down on the structure, encountered similar reservoir rocks, but came up dry.
Preliminary estimates place the size of the discovery at between 0.7 and 2.5 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable oil equivalents. The discovery will be included in the evaluation of a new field development, along with other earlier discoveries in the area.
The wells are the 12th and 13th exploration wells in production licence 035. The licence was awarded in the 2nd licensing round in 1969.
Songa Delta, which drilled the two wildcats, will now drilling campaign with the drilling of wildcat well 30/11-13 S in the same production licence.