ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS made a minor gas discovery in the Norwegian Sea. Preliminary estimates place the size of the discovery at less than 0.1 million std cu m (Sm3) of recoverable oil equivalent, but results will be considered for further license prospectivity, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said in a release June 16.
Well 6507/4-3 S, the first exploration in production license (PL) 1064, was drilled by the Transocean Norge drilling rig in 436 m of water about 30 km southwest of Skarv field and about 240 km west of Brønnøysund (OGJ Online, Apr. 27, 2022).
The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 3,914 m subsea. It was terminated in the Lange formation from the Late Cretaceous.
The well encountered sandstone layers in the Lange formation totaling about 55 m with poor reservoir quality. The well encountered about a 1-m gas column in the shallowest part of the sandstone layers, but no contacts could be proven.
The well was not formation-tested, but extensive data acquisition and sampling were carried out. The well will be permanently plugged.
Transocean Norge will drill wildcat well 6306/3-2 S in production license 935 in the Norwegian Sea, where ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS is operator.
ConocoPhillips is operator at PL 1064 (40%) with partners Aker BP (20%), Equinor Energy AS (10%), and PGNiG Upstream Norway AS (30%).