RWE Dea Hits Gas Pay Offshore Norway

RWE Dea Norge has made a gas discovery in exploration well 6507/7-14S on the Zidane prospect. The well's primary objective, located in Production License 435, was to prove hydrocarbons in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks in the Fangst group. The secondary objective was to prove hydrocarbons in Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks in the Tilje formation. Drilled to a vertical depth of 14,688 feet (4,477 meters), the well encountered gas in a 492-foot (150-meter) column in the Fangst group. Preliminary estimates of the size of the discovery range between 5 and 18 Bcm of recoverable gas. Data and sampling were gathered, and a drill stem test was produced. The well, the first drilled in PL 435, will now be plugged and abandoned. RWE Dea is the operator of PL 435, holding a 40% interest; Norwegian Energy Company (Noreco) holds 20%; Wintershall Norge holds 20%; and Edison International holds the remaining 20% interest.

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