Aker BP Makes Small Find off Norway
Aker BP has made a minor gas discovery 50 km southwest of the Skarv field in the Norwegian Sea, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) reported on April 6.
The operator sank a 3,225-metre well at production licence (PL) 1008, with the goal of proving petroleum in Upper Cretaceous reservoir rocks. It struck a 15-metre gas column, the NPD said, with preliminary estimates placing the discovery's size at between 1.0 and 2.4bn m3 of recoverable gas.
"The licensees will evaluate the discovery together with nearby prospects with regard to further follow-up," the NPD said.
Aker BP has not yet commented on the find. The nearby Skarv field is operated by Equinor, but Aker BP is a partner with a 23.8% stake.
This is the first exploration probe to be drilled at PL 1008 since the licence's award last year. Aker BP has a 60% interest in the project, while Wellesley Petroleum has 40%.