NAM Makes Gas Discovery in the Dutch Sector of the North Sea

NAM has made a natural gas discovery in the Dutch part of the North Sea. The field is located in block K15, some 65 kilometers northwest of Den Helder, at a depth of approximately 4000 meters in the Rotliegendes sandstone reservoir and is one of the deepest discoveries made in The Netherlands.

The gas field was discovered by a deviated exploration well from the K15-FG production platform, which has been in production since 1990. Last year NAM also discovered a gas field in the same K15 block. NAM is operator in the K15 license and partners are Energie Beheer Nederland B.V., CLAM Petroleum B.V., Wintershall Noordzee B.V., and Oranje-Nassau Energie B.V. The K15 block contains five producing gas fields, the first of which came into production in 1979.

NAM general manager Roelof Platenkamp was pleased with the discovery: "Indications are that this discovery will be a significant contribution to the Dutch national gas reserves. NAM will continue its active exploration activities, both on land as offshore, thus further realizing the successful small fields policy of the Dutch government," he said.

He added: "This discovery in the K15 block is enabled by rigorous application of leading edge seismic technology which opens up new opportunities in this mature area".

The exploration well was drilled during August-October this year, and the well was completed and tested in November. The well is expected to be capable of producing over two million cubic meters per day when brought into production later this year. The field will be produced from the unmanned K15-FG platform. The gas will be brought ashore through an existing pipeline to NAM's gas treatment installation Balgzandpolder near Den Helder.