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29/05/2007 Press release 17/2007:Statoil ASA has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 15/6-9 S in the North Sea.
The well is situated about seven km north of the Sleipner field and about three km east of the 15/5-1 Dagny discovery in the central part of the North Sea.
The purpose of the well was to prove petroleum in a prospect called Ermintrude, where the reservoir is made up of mid Jurassic rocks. Light oil was found. The size of the discovery has at this stage been estimated to around eight million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable oil. A small gas discovery was also made in Miocene to Pliocene rocks.
The well was not production tested, but extensive data collection and sampling has been carried out. The licensee will consider producing the new oil discovery with a tie-in to Sleipner, Volve or Gudrun.
This is the first exploration well in Production Licence 303, a licence that was awarded in APA 2003 (Awards in Predefined Areas). The well was drilled to a total depth of 3850 metres below sea level and was concluded in the Skagerrak Formation in Upper Triassic rocks. The water depth is 114 metres.
The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.
Well 15/6-9 S was drilled with the drilling facility West Epsilon, which will
now drill the sidetrack well 15/6-9 A in order to delineate the oil discovery.
The licensee in Production Licence 303 is:
Statoil ASA (operator): 100 per cent.
Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel. + 47 51 87 61 00.
Contact in the NPD: