Maersk Oil Makes New Discovery in Danish North Sea

International energy firm Maersk Oil announced Tuesday that it has made a hydrocarbon discovery in the Danish North Sea.

The Maersk Group subsidiary said it found hydrocarbons in the exploration well Xana-1X, which was drilled in license 9/95 in the northern part of the Danish sector.

Maersk Oil's Xana-1X well was drilled in a water depth of 223 feet to a total drilling depth of 16,637 feet in the Jurassic formation. The well was spud Dec. 8, 2014 by the jackup Noble Sam Turner (400' ILC) and is currently being plugged and abandoned.

Maersk Oil Danish Business Unit Managing Director Martin Rune Pedersen said in a company statement:

"The drilling of the high pressure, high temperature exploration well has been completed. At present the partners are in the process of assessing the technical and commercial implications of the discovery and looking at potential follow-up."

The partnership in license 9/95 comprises the following companies: A.P. Møller – Mærsk (34 percent), Dong E&P (20 percent), Nordsøfonden (20 percent), Noreco Oil Denmark (16 percent) and Danoil Exploration (10 percent).

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