Oil exploration firm Aker BP has announced the completion of a North Sea well drill at production licence 203.
The company confirmed it has completed the drilling of appraisal wells 25/4-13 S and 25/4-13 A on the gas and oil discovery 25/4-3 (Gekko).
The wells were drilled about 3 miles east of the Volund field and 125 miles northwest of Stavanger.
Aker BP said preliminary estimates place the size of the discovery “between 0.9 and 2.3 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable oil and 3.8-6.3 billion Sm3 of recoverable gas”.
The licensees are considering a tie-back of the discovery to the Alvheim FPSO.
The wells were drilled by the Deep Sea Stavanger drilling facility, which will now leave the Norwegian shelf, on assignment for Total.
These are the 14th and 15th exploration wells in production licence 203, which was awarded in 1996.