Statoil makes gas find on flank of Visund field in North Sea

Statoil Petroleum AS has made a natural gas discovery on the northeast flank of Visund field in the northern part of the North Sea, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate reported.

The 34/8-17 S wildcat well reached a vertical depth of 3,187 m subsea in production license 120. Water depth is 378 m.

NPD said the well encountered a 31-m gross gas column in the Tarbert, Ness, and Etive formations in the Middle Jurassic. About 20 m were in sandstones with very good reservoir quality, NPD noted.

In the underlying Rannoch formation, the well encountered a 21-m petroleum column in sandstones with poor reservoir quality.

The well, which will be plugged and abandoned, was not formation tested.

Statoil started production from Visund North oil and gas field late in 2013. The project is the sixth of the 12 fast-track projects that Statoil has brought on production (OGJ Online, Nov. 6, 2013).

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