Eni group finds Barents gas-condensate offshore Norway

A group led by Eni SPA has drilled a gas-condensate discovery in the Barents Sea offshore Norway that the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate judges to contain 175-250 bscf recoverable.

The 7220/10-1 exploratory well in PL 533, 45 km northwest of Snohvit field, encountered two gas columns in sandstones of Cretaceous and Jurassic age at the Salina structure on the west flank of the Loppa high.

NPD said the well encountered a 38-m gas-condensate column in the Knurr formation, the primary target, and a 54-m gas-condensate column in the Sto formation.

The well was not formation tested, but coring, wireline logging, and fluid sampling proved good reservoir quality in the sandstone. Total depth is 2,371 m below mean sea level in 348 m of water.

Eni operates PL 533 with 40% interest, and Lundin Petroleum AB, RWE Dea, and Det norske oljeselskap ASA have 20% each.

Lundin Petroleum’s next Barents Sea well, likely to spud this month, targets the Juksa and Snurrevad prospects on PL 490. Lundin Petroleum is operator of PL 490 with a 50% interest.

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