StatoilHydro Digs Back in at Pan/Pandora Find, Confirms Field Extension

StatoilHydro is currently completing the drilling of two appraisal wells in the Pan/Pandora find south of the Visund field in the North Sea. Drilling of appraisal well 34/8-14 C has been completed, whereas drilling of well 34/8-14 D is presently being completed.

The Pan/Pandora gas and oil find has earlier been delineated in the northern segment. The find was confirmed in October 2008 during drilling of exploration well 34/8-14 S. The purpose of well 34/8-14 C was to confirm the oil/water contact in the northern part of the Pan/Pandora find.

The purpose of well 34/8-14 D was to delineate the find in the eastern direction. The well confirmed gas and oil columns indicating concurrent hydrocarbon contacts as observed in the original discovery well.

The wells have not been formation tested, but data acquisition and sampling have been carried out.

"The area south of Visund has a considerable remaining resource potential," said Alfred Batevik, StatoilHydro's team leder for exploration activities in the Tampen area. "The resources confirmed in the Pan/Pandora find are estimated at between 22 and 47 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent."

Developing the find and connecting it to the Visund field is being considered.

  • Well 34/8-14 C was drilled to a vertical depth of 3,008 meters below sea level and completed in mid-Jurassic rocks.
  • Well 34/8-14 D was drilled to a vertical depth of 2,941 meters below sea level and completed in lower Jurassic rocks.

Located at a water depth of 292 meters the wells will be permanently plugged and abandoned.

Drilling has been performed by the Borgland Dolphin rig. The rig will move to production license PL089 in the North Sea to drill the 34/7-34 exploration well, which is also operated by StatoilHydro.

Licensees in production licenses 120 and 120B are: StatoilHydro (operator) (59.06%), Petoro (16.94), ConocoPhillips (13) and Total (11).

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