StatoilHydro makes gas find in Norwegian Sea

StatoilHydro has made a natural gas discovery with sidetrack exploration well 6707/10-2 in the Norwegian Sea.

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, Nov. 21 -- StatoilHydro has made a natural gas discovery with sidetrack exploration well 6707/10-2 in the Norwegian Sea.

The gas was in a 38 m gas column in the lower part of the Nise formation. The well reached a vertical depth of 4,325 m subsea and was concluded in lower parts of the Nise formation in Upper Cretaceous rock. The water depth is 1,248 m.

StatoilHydro used the Transocean Leader drilling rig northwest of Sandnessjoen in mid-Norway. It has now moved to drill exploration well 6605/1-1 on production license 328.

The company said it is too early to determine whether the well is commercially viable; it is considering developing Haklang and the nearby Luva and Snefrid South finds.

Frode Fasteland, StatoilHydro's head of exploration in the Norwegian Sea, said: "This well confirmed a new exploration model, and even if the find is small it offers exciting opportunities for further exploration in this part of the Norwegian Sea."

The well was a sidetrack to the deeper Haklang prospect which holds 8–14 billion cu m of gas.

StatoilHydro has drilled three exploration wells in Luva, and found gas in all of them. This is the fourth exploration well on production license 218, which was awarded in the 15th licensing round in 1996.

The partners in production license 218 are: StatoilHydro with 75%, ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Norway AS 15%, and ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS 10%.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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