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OMV makes gas discovery in the Norwegian Sea

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OMV has made a gas discovery in well 6607/3-1 S, 225 km west of Sandnessjøen.

Preliminary estimates indicate that the ‘Velocette’ discovery totals between 0.2 – 1.8 million m3of recoverable oil equivalent.

The Transocean Norge rig drilled the well, which is the first to be drilled in production licence 1016. The discovery is located 45 km southeast of the Aasta Hansteen field.

The licence was awarded in the Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) in 2018.

The three licensees, OMV (operator), Inpex Idemitsu and Longboat Japex, “will continue to assess the discovery”.

Geological information

The objective of the well was to prove petroleum in reservoir rocks in the Nise Formation in the Upper Cretaceous.

Well 6607/3-1 S encountered a gas/condensate column of about 9 m in the Nise Formation, around 5 m of which in a sandstone reservoir with quality varying from moderate to very good. The Nise Formation has a total thickness of 55 m. The gas/water contact was encountered in the well.

The well was not formation-tested, but data acquisition and sampling have been performed.

Well 6607/3-1 S was drilled to respective vertical and measured depths of 3645 and 3770 m below sea level. The well was terminated in the Nise Formation in the Upper Cretaceous.

Water depth at the site is 475 m. The well will be permanently plugged and abandoned.

The Transocean Norge drilling facility will now move to production licence 836 S, where Wintershall Dea is the operator.

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