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Wintershall Finds Gas near Tyrihans Field

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The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) reported Friday that Wintershall has made a small gas discovery in the vicinity of the Tyrihans field in the Norwegian Sea. Meanwhile, the NPD also reported that it will sell Barents Sea seismic data that it acquired in 2011 and 2012.

Wintershall drilled the 6406/6-3 well some 16 miles south of the Tyrihans field and around nine miles northeast of the 6406/9-1 Linnorm discovery. Gas was encountered in a 46-foot gross column in the Garn formation in the Middle Jurassic zone, with the preliminary estimation of the size of the discovery being between 19.4 billion and 21.9 billion cubic feet of recoverable gas.

The well also proved petroleum in its primary and secondary targets in Middle to Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks, but these formations were found to be water-bearing.

The well is now being plugged and abandoned, while the Transocean Arctic (mid-water semisub) drilling facility will proceed to production license 492 in the Barents Sea to drill wildcat well 7120/1-3.

The NPD also reported Friday that it plans to sell off processed 2D seismic data that it acquired in the southeastern Barents Sea and in Norwegian waters off Jan Mayen during 2011 and 2012.

 The NPD said the seismic data package will also include older, reprocessed 2D seismic data from the southeastern Barents Sea that was acquired in 1974 and 1976 and reprocessed in 1992 (approximately 830 square miles).

The price of the seismic package is $2 million plus value added tax (NOK 12 million). The NPD said the data will be distributed by DISKOS.

A former engineer, Jon is an award-winning editor who has covered the technology, engineering and energy sectors since the mid-1990s. Email Jon at


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