StatoilHydro makes oil discovery north of Vigdis

StatoilHydro has made an oil discovery north of Vigdis East field in the Norwegian North Sea.

Mar 28th, 2009

Uchenna Izundu
OGJ International Editor

LONDON, Mar. 28 -- StatoilHydro has made an oil discovery north of Vigdis East field in the Norwegian North Sea. Exploration well 34/7-34 reached a TVD of 2,670 m subsea and struck a 280-m oil column in rocks with good reservoir properties.

StatoilHydro used the Borgland Dolphin semisubmersible drilling rig, on the Vigdis northeast prospect 3 km south of Snorre field, to confirm the existence of hydrocarbons in Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks of the Statfjord group.

The company also drilled a sidetrack, which reached a TD of 2,712 m, to increase its understanding of the resource potential. Both well trajectories were completed in Upper Triassic rocks of the Lunde formation.

The discovery extends the potential of the producing area with its established infrastructure and this will be developed towards the Tordis or Vigdis fields.

StatoilHydro will permanently plug and abandon the well, which was drilled in 292 m of water. "Extensive data acquisition and sampling took place during the drilling operation," it said.

The rig will drill well 34/7-G 4 on Production License 089. StatoilHydro operates PL 089 with 41.5%. Partners are Petoro AS 30%, ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Norway AS 10.5%, Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS 9.6%, Total E&P Norge AS 5.6%, and RWE Dea Norge AS 2.8%.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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