05/02/2009 Press release 10/2009: As operator of production licence 035, StatoilHydro Petroleum AS has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 30/11-7, located about 10 km northeast of the Frigg field.
The purpose of the well was to prove petroleum in the Brent Group in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks near the shut down Lille-Frigg field.
The well proved gas and condensate in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks belonging to the lower segments of the Brent Group (the Etive Formation). The size of the discovery is from 1-3 million Sm3 oil equivalents of recoverable petroleum. Extensive data collection and sampling have been carried out.
A successful formation test (mini-DST) was conducted, showing good reservoir properties. An appraisal well is being planned to determine the size of the discovery.
This was the sixth well in production licence 035, which was awarded in the second licensing round in 1969. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 4067 metres below the sea surface, and was concluded in the Drake Formation in Lower Jurassic rocks.
The water depth is 111 metres. The well, which was drilled as a cost-sharing endeavour between production licences 035 and 362, will now be temporarily plugged and abandoned.
Well 30/11-7 was drilled by the West Alpha drilling facility, which will now proceed to production licence 052 in the North Sea to drill wildcat well 30/3-10 S, with StatoilHydro ASA as operator.
Press contact in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel. +47 51 87 61 00