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OMV hydrocarbon discovery in Norway well

Oilfield Technology,

OMV (Norge) AS is in the process of completing drilling of wildcat well 7324/7-2 Hanssen. The Hanssen discovery was made approximately 7 km northwest of the 7324/8-1 Wisting Central oil discovery, and approximately 315 km north of Hammerfest.

“I am excited about the confirmation of the potential of the Wisting area. OMV’s strategy in establishing Norway as a core country for the exploration and production business is advancing very well”, says Jaap Huijskes, OMV Executive Board member responsible for Exploration and Production.

The Hanssen well is the third well drilling in production license 537, which was awarded in the 20th licensing round in 2009. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 1679 m below the sea surface and terminated in the Snadd Formation of Middle Triassic age. Water depth is 417.5 m.

The main objective of the well was to prove hydrocarbons in Middle Jurassic to Late Triassic reservoir rocks (Stø, Nordmela and Fruholmen Formations), with the secondary objectives in Late to Middle Triassic reservoir rocks (Snadd formation).

The well encountered a 20-25 m gross oil column in the main target (Stø Formation), which showed good reservoir properties. A successful formation test has been carried out in the Stø Formation.

Preliminary calculations estimate the size of the Hanssen discovery in the Stø Formation to be between 20-50 million boe of recoverable resources, largely oil.

The well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

OMV (Norge) AS as operator has a 25% share in the license. The joint venture partners are Petoro, Idemitsu, Tullow (each 20%) and Statoil (15%).

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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