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Norwegian Petroleum Directorate announces small gas discovery northwest of the Norne field in the Norwegian Sea – 6607/12-3

Thursday, Dec 20, 2012

Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 385, is in the process of concluding the drilling of wildcat well 6607/12-3. The well was drilled about 15 kilometres northwest of the Norne field.

The purpose of the well was to prove petroleum in Middle to Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks in the Fangst and Båt group.

The well encountered gas in the Fangst and Båt group. The reservoir quality was poorer than expected. In addition, gas was encountered in a thin sandstone with uncertain reservoir development in the Cretaceous, in the Cromer Knoll group.

Preliminary estimates indicate that the discovery is not commercial. However, evaluation and analyses will be carried out to clarify the resource potential of the discovery.

The well was not formation-tested, but extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out.

This is the first exploration well in production licence 385. The licence was awarded in APA 2005.

The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 4288 metres below the sea surface and was terminated in the Åre formation from the Early Jurassic Age. Water depth at the site is 363 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Well 6607/12-3 was drilled by the West Alpha drilling facility, which will now proceed to production licence 386 in the Norwegian Sea to drill wildcat well 6610/10-1, where Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator.

Source: Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

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