Det Norske Encounters Oil in Storskrymten Prospect

Det norske oljeselskap ASA (formerly Pertra ASA) has completed drilling wildcat well 15/12-18 S and appraisal well 15/12-18A between the Sleipner Ost and Varg fields in the North Sea. Two oil discoveries were made in Paleocene reservoir rocks.

Well 15/12-18S had two drilling targets, one in the Paleocene (the Storskrymten prospect) and one in the Jurassic/Triassic (the Grytkollen prospect). In the Paleocene, 23 meters of oil was found in sandstones with good reservoir properties belonging to the Ty formation. Nine-meter thick sandstones were also encountered in the Jurassic (Grytkollen), but no oil or gas was proven here.

The well was drilled to a total measured depth of 3520 meters and concluded in rocks from the Permian Age. Oil and rock samples were taken in the Ty formation for further analysis.

Appraisal well 15/12-18A encountered sandstones in the Ty formation. However, these were somewhat deeper than the oil-water contact proven in the original well, and did not contain oil or gas.

The well did, however, prove a new oil discovery in Paleocene sandstones in the Heimdal formation. The sidetrack was drilled to a total measured depth of 3036 meters and was concluded in rocks from the Late Cretaceous.

The operator has estimated the total size of the two discoveries to be from 1.5 - 7 million standard cubic meters of recoverable oil. Licensees in production license 337 are Det norske oljeselskap as operator with 45%; Dana Petroleum with 25%; and Revus Energy with 20%; and Bridge Energy with the remaining 10%.

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