DONG Energy and its license partners plan to resume appraisal of Svane field, Denmark’s deepest known hydrocarbon accumulation.
By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Jan. 27 – DONG Energy and its license partners plan to resume appraisal of Svane field, Denmark’s deepest known hydrocarbon accumulation.
The new effort seeks to recover gas from the high-pressure, high-temperature reservoir as deep as 6,000 m. Appraisal drilling conducted by ConocoPhillips in 2001 indicated the possible presence of a large gas reservoir, but technical problems in connection with the drilling raised uncertainty about the potential.
DONG became operator with 50% interest when it acquired ConocoPhillips’s Danish oil and gas properties in 2007 (OGJ, Apr. 16, 2007, Newsletter).
DONG, Bayerngas 30%, and the Danish North Sea Fund 20% will conduct detailed well planning in 2010 and later decide on a drilling timetable.
If appraisal drilling meets expectations, the field will contribute substantially to the future security of supplies, and DONG said it opens prospects for future exploitation of this type of technically challenging field on the Danish North Sea shelf.