Flemish Pass off Newfoundland gets discovery

StatoilHydro Canada Ltd. will apply for a significant discovery license for an indicated deepwater discovery in the frontier Flemish Pass basin in the Atlantic off eastern Canada.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Apr. 8 -- StatoilHydro Canada Ltd. will apply for a significant discovery license for an indicated deepwater discovery in the frontier Flemish Pass basin in the Atlantic off eastern Canada.

The company didn't disclose the hydrocarbon type and said it will file for an SDL even though further analysis is needed to determine the well's potential.

The discovery came at Mizzen O-16 in 1,100 m of water on EL 1049 some 500 km east-northeast of St. John's and 180 km east of Whiterose oil and gas field in the Jeanne d'Arc basin.

The wellsite is 6 miles north of a well that PetroCanada drilled on the Mizzen prospect that found noncommercial oil. The Mizzen L-11 and Tuckamore B-27 wells were drilled in the Flemish Pass basin in the winter-spring of 2003 (OGJ, Aug. 15, 2005, p. 34).

StatoilHydro Canada praised the crew of the Henry Goodrich semisubmersible, which spud the well Dec. 21, 2008, and support contractors for carrying out the drilling in the heart of the North Atlantic winter storm season (OGJ, Oct. 27, 2008, p. 56).

Interests in the license are StatoilHydro 65% and Husky Energy Inc. 35%.

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