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BP Norge AS, operator of production license 212 E, encountered a gas discovery after drilling of wildcat well 6507/3-9 S.
The discovery was made about 20 km (12 ft) north of the Skarv field and about 5 km (3 ft) east of the Marulk field in the Norwegian Sea.
The objective of the well was to prove gas in Upper Cretaceous reservoir rocks (the Lysing formation). The well proved gas in the Lysing formation with reservoir rocks and reservoir quality as expected.
Preliminary estimates place the size of the discovery at between 1.2 and 2.3 billion standard cubic m of recoverable gas. The well was not formation tested, but extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. The licensees in production license 212 E will now evaluate the discovery.
The well was drilled to a total vertical depth of 2,923 m (9,590 ft) below the sea surface, and was terminated in the Lange formation in the Lower Cretaceous.
The water depth is 365 m (1,198 ft). The well has now been plugged and abandoned.
Well 6507/3-9 S was drilled by the Polar Pioneer drilling facility. The facility will now continue pre-drilling production wells on the Skarv field.