Total has made a North Sea gas discovery, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.
The operator’s wildcat in the northeast part of the Martin Linge field encountered gas and condensate in the Tarbert, Ness and Etive formations in the Brent group.
Reservoir quality was deemed good. Preliminary estimations of the size of the discovery are between 2 and 11 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable oil equivalents.
A NPD spokesperson said: “Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. The well was formation-tested. The maximum production rate was 2.4 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of gas/flow day through a 48/64-inch nozzle opening.
“The well has added additional resources to the Martin Linge development and was completed with the objective of putting the well into production at start-up of the field.”
The Maersk Intrepid drilled the well to a depth of 4581 metres below the sea service.