Promising discovery in the North Sea
Bayerngas Norge has a 20% participating interest in the discovery in PL 418
The operator Wintershall Norge AS is now in the process of completing wildcat well 35/9-7 in the northeastern North Sea. The well is drilled on the Skarfjell Prospect located approximately 17 km southwest of the Gjøa Field and lies in between the Grosbeak discovery in PL378 to the south and the Titan discovery in PL420 to the north. The primary exploration target for the well was to prove hydrocarbons in Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks.
The well encountered oil in two intra-Heather sands of 90 and 14 meters gross thickness with an oil-down-to in both sands. Reservoir quality is very good and the hydrocarbon type determined as light oil. Due to limitations in the rig slot length, the well was not tested but extensive reservoir and fluid sampling have given valuable data on the new discovery.
Preliminary resource estimates range between 10 and 25 million Sm3 of oil. Commerciality is likely and further upside is possible but these can only be quantified with necessary appraisal drilling.
The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 2976 metres below the sea surface, and terminated in the Middle Jurassic Brent Gp / Rannoch Fm. Water depth at the site is 368 metres. The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.
Well 35/9-7 was drilled by the Songa Delta rig which will be transferred to Suncor for the drilling of the 33/6-3S well.
The other partners in PL418 are Agora Oil and Gas AS, Edison International Norway Branch and RWE DEA Norge AS.