Statoil Makes Oil Discovery at Linerle

Linerle, North Sea
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An oil discovery has been made by Statoil in its Linerle prospect northeast of the Norne field in the Norwegian Sea. The well was drilled by Smedvig's drillship, Vest Navigator.

Knut Chr Grindstad, exploration manager for the Halten/Nordland cluster in Harstad, says it is too early to say anything about the volume or type of oil in the deposit.

"We've previously discovered oil in the nearby Falk structure, and Linerle underpins our strategy to realize a collective development of these parts," says Mr. Grindstad. But the Falk oil has a higher density than average, and preliminary analyses indicate that the oil in Linerle is also heavier. An assessment will now be made to see whether a profitable development is feasible. "And there could be more oil in this sequence of finds in the Norne area," adds Mr. Grindstad.

It was recently resolved to submit a plan for development and operation of Svale and Staer, two other oil discoveries near Norne. There will however still be available capacity on the Norne production ship after this development.

Linerle is located in block 6608/11 in production license 128 (the Norne license). Statoil is operator, with Eni, Hydro, Petoro and Shell/Enterprise as partners.
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