StatoilHydro makes Barents Sea gas find

StatoilHydro AS discovered natural gas within the Arenaria prospect on Block 7224/6 in the Barents Sea but said it's too early to tell if the gas can be produced because it's from poor quality reservoir rocks of middle Triassic age.

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, Aug. 26 -- StatoilHydro AS discovered natural gas within the Arenaria prospect on Block 7224/6 in the Barents Sea but said it's too early to tell if the gas can be produced because it's from poor quality reservoir rocks of middle Triassic age.

StatoilHydro drilled the exploration well with the Polar Pioneer drilling rig to prove hydrocarbons in sandstone of early Jurassic to late Triassic age. After reaching a vertical depth of 2,315 m below sea level, it did not find any hydrocarbons in its primary target despite there being good reservoir sands.

The gas discovery was its secondary goal. It will now permanently plug and abandon the well.

This well was compulsory under its work program and the first on Exploration License 394, which was awarded in 2006.

"Drilling of exploration well 7224/6-1 was completed by the Polar Pioneer drilling unit at a water depth of 265 m. Polar Pioneer will now start drilling exploration well 7222/11-1 in the StatoilHydro-operated Exploration License 228," the company said.

The licensees in PL 394 are: StatoilHydro 65%, Gaz de France Norge AS 20%, and Petoro 15%.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com

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