Statoil announced Thursday that the logging results from its Lavani well, offshore Tanzania, confirm a new "high-impact discovery" for the Norwegian oil major.
Statoil said that preliminary estimates suggest a resource of three trillion cubic feet of gas in place. The Lavani well encountered 312 feet (95 meters) of "excellent quality" reservoir sandstone with high porosity and high permeability.
"The Lavani discovery demonstrates how Statoil’s strategy of focusing on high-impact opportunities is paying off and supports the company’s ambition for international growth," said Tim Dodson, Statoil's executive vice president for exploration, in a press statement.
Lavani is only around 10 miles south of Statoil’s recent Zafarani discovery, and Dodson pointed out that this confirms "the high potential" of the firm's Block 2 license.
"We are also pleased to announce that the recently-drilled Zafarani sidetrack added another one trillion cubic feet of gas in place. This is in addition to the up to five trillion cubic feet announced in February," he said.
The Lavani well, drilled in 7,875 feet (2,400 meters) of water depth is being drilling by Ocean Rig Poseidon (UDW drillship).
Statoil also noted that the Lavani discovery marks the seventh high-impact discovery made by it during the past 14 months. As well as Zafarani, these include: Skrugard and Havis in the Barents Sea, Johan Sverdrup in the North Sea, and Perefrino South and Pão de Açúcar in Brazil.
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