SAND OUTER OUTER/BLACK VULTURE WELL HITS OIL AND GAS IN THE NORWEGIAN NORTH SEA
Equinor and its partners Ineos E&P and Faroe Petroleum have made an oil and gas discovery in exploration well Snadd Outer Outer/Black Vulture in production licence 159B in the Norwegian Sea. The well had two different reservoir targets; an upper drilling target containing 2-12 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) of gas and a lower target with an estimated volume of 1-48 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent.
“We are very pleased with the results of both targets. This was of course what we hoped for, and it isn’t given that we find both oil and gas in the same well. The volumes are broadly estimated, and operational challenges prevented side-tracking. We are evaluating both the time and place for further delineation to give us more accurate volume estimates,” says Nick Ashton, Equinor’s senior vice president for exploration in Norway and the UK.
Drilling of well number 6507/3-13 Snadd Outer Outer/Black Vulture started on 27 April around 14 kilometres south-west of the Norne field in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea.
The operation started by drilling to a good 2800 metres to the first target Snadd Outer Outer, where gas was proven. Further drilling down to 3200 metres to the second target, Black Vulture, hit oil. The well volume totals 3-60 million boe before further delineation is made.
The Transocean Spitsbergen rig drilled the Snadd Outer Outer/Black Vulture well. The operation has been completed without any damages or incidents. The well has now been plugged and abandoned, while the licence partners will evaluate how to further develop the discovery.
Transocean Spitsbergen is currently moving to production licence 502 to drill the Equinor-operated exploration well Klaff in the North Sea.
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