Aker BP Makes Minor Oil, Gas Find off Norway
Aker BP has made a minor oil and gas discovery in the Norwegian Sea some 7 km northeast of its undeveloped Alve Nord field, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) reported on November 12.
Aker BP sank a wildcat well and an appraisal well, with the first encountering a 80-m gas column, 45 m of which was in sandstone layers with poor reservoir quality, along with oil in three reservoir zones. The appraisal well also found oil.
The wildcat identified 0.5-1.0mn m3 of recoverable oil equivalent, while the appraisal well found 1.0-2.7mn m3 of recoverable oil equivalent. Aker BP and its Polish partner PGNiG have 88.1% and 11.9% respective interests in production licence 127C where the wells were drilled. The pair will consider whether there is any potential for a tie-back to Alve Nord, the NPD said.
ConocoPhillips also made a gas discovery in the Norwegian Sea this week, some 27 km southwest of Aker BP's Skarv field. That find was much bigger, with an estimated size of between 8 and 30mn m3 of recoverable oil equivalent.