Oslo, June 17 - Neftegaz.RU.
Equinor and its partners Ineos E&P and Faroe Petroleum have made an oil and gas discovery in exploration well Snadd Outer Outer/Black Vulture in production licence 159B in the Norwegian Sea.
The well had 2 different reservoir targets; an upper drilling target containing 2-12 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) of gas and a lower target with an estimated volume of 1-48 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent.
Drilling of well number 6507/3-13 Snadd Outer Outer/Black Vulture started on 27 April around 14 kilometres south-west of the Norne field in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea.
The operation started by drilling to a good 2800 metres to the first target Snadd Outer Outer, where gas was proven. Further drilling down to 3200 metres to the second target, Black Vulture, hit oil.
The well volume totals 3-60 million boe before further delineation is made.
This succeeds a string of discoveries in the Norwegian Sea during the past years.
Since 2017, Equinor has been operator or partner in 11 discoveries in eight wells in these waters.
Carmen and Osprey proved resources in the range of 10-39 million boe in 2017, Hades and Iris, Balderbrå and Cape Vulture combined proved between 134 and 435 million boe in 2018, while Ragnfrid North, Jasper and Snadd Outer Outer/Black Vulture have proven between 12 and 101 million boe so far this year.
The total volume for this period is in the range of 156-575 million boe.
Preliminary estimates indicate that more than 80 percent of the volumes are commercially viable.
The Transocean Spitsbergen rig drilled the Snadd Outer Outer/Black Vulture well.
The operation has been completed without any damages or incidents.
The well has now been plugged and abandoned, while the licence partners will evaluate how to further develop the discovery.
Transocean Spitsbergen is currently moving to production licence 502 to drill the Equinor-operated exploration well Klaff in the North Sea.
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