BG Norse finds oil near Snorre field in North Sea

BG Group subsidiary BG Norge AS discovered oil near Norway's Snorre field in the North Sea, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate announced.

Eric Watkins
OGJ Oil Diplomacy Editor

LOS ANGELES, Mar. 17 -- BG Group subsidiary BG Norge AS discovered oil near Norway's Snorre field in the North Sea, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate announced.

NPD said BG Norge, operator of production license 374 S, is in the process of completing the drilling of wildcat well 34/5-1 S about 25 km northeast of the Snorre field.

The primary exploration target was to prove petroleum in Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Cook formation). The secondary exploration target was to prove petroleum in Lower Jurassic to Upper Triassic reservoir rocks (the Statfjord formation).

“Oil was proven in the Cook formation, while the Statfjord formation was dry,” NPD said, adding that the licensees will consider the resource potential by drilling an appraisal well as a sidetrack from well 34/5-1 S.

NPD said the well was not formation-tested, but extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. It said 34/5-1 S is the first exploration well in production license 374 S, which was awarded in APA 2005.

The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 3,712 m subsea and was terminated in the Statfjord formation.

The water is 387 m deep. After the appraisal well is drilled, well 34/5-1 S will be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Well 34/5-1 S was drilled by the Bredford Dolphin semisubmersible rig, which will now drill appraisal well 34/5-1 A on the discovery.

Norway, while warning of the potential for espionage directed against its oil and gas industry, last month launched its 2010 oil and gas licensing round for predefined areas (APA).

“Good and regular access to acreage is necessary to secure further activity on the Norwegian Continental Shelf,” said Norwegian Oil Minister Terje Riis-Johansen (OGJ Online, Feb. 25, 2010).

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