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01/04/2011 Statoil Petroleum AS, operator of production licence 532, is in the process of completing the drilling of wildcat well 7220/8-1. The well is being drilled about 110 kilometres north of the Snøhvit field.

The purpose of the well was to prove petroleum in Middle and Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Stø and Normela formations). The well proved gas and oil in the Stø formation and oil in the Nordmela formation.

Preliminary estimates place the size of the discovery between 25 and 40 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) of recoverable oil, and 2-7 billion Sm3 of recoverable gas. Extensive data acquisition and sampling have been carried out. Further delineation of the discovery will be considered.

This is the first exploration well in production licence 532. (link to the NPD’s fact pages) The licence was awarded in the 20th licensing round.

The well will be drilled to a vertical depth of 2250 metres below the sea surface and terminated in the Snadd formation in the Upper Triassic. Water depth at the site is 373 metres. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Well 7220/8-1 is being drilled by the Polar Pioneer drilling facility, which will then proceed to the Norwegian Sea to drill production wells on the Skarv field where BP Norge AS is the operator.


Contact in the NPD
Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel. +47 51 87 61 00



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Updated: 01/04/2011