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    German Wintershall mulls gas find options


There are several ways to develop this latest find in Haltenbanken – now a strategic core area for the company.

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German Wintershall mulls gas find options

German Wintershall Dea is mulling options for marketing its "significant gas, condensate and oil discovery" at the Dvalin North prospect in the Haltenbanken area of the Norwegian Sea, it said May 20.

The well, drilled by the Deepsea Aberdeen rig, encountered gas, condensate and oil columns of 33 m and 114 m respectively in the Cretaceous Lysing and Lange Formations. In the primary target in the Garn Formation, the well found a gas column of 85 m. The well also encountered hydrocarbons in two shallower secondary targets, with a combined resource estimate of 38mn-87mn boe.

“With Maria, Dvalin and now this discovery in Dvalin North, the Haltenbanken area has emerged as a strategic core area for Wintershall Dea in Norway. The next step will be to turn these discoveries into producing fields. This find secures our position in the area and promises to support more activity in the years to come,” Europe's largest independent producer said.

The Dvalin North discovery, estimated to hold between 33mn and 70mn barrels of oil equivalent (boe), is just 12 km north of the company’s operated Dvalin field – to which a tie-back is possible – and 65 km north of the operated Maria field. 

Wintershall said: “The discovery is in an area with existing operated as well as non-operated infrastructure. This important find supports our strategy of primarily investing in infrastructure-led exploration activity which will yield synergies with existing fields. Norway is one of our core areas for growth. We will continue to explore and develop fields to support our growth strategy on the Norwegian continental shelf.”

Dvalin North is the first well of a two-well exploration and appraisal programme for Wintershall Dea in the Haltenbanken area. The rig is now moving on to appraise the nearby Bergknapp discovery, which was made in 2020.

Wintershall Dea is the operator of the Dvalin North discovery in PL 211 with a 55% share. Licence partners are state Petoro and Sval Energi.