The Statoil-contracted rig Transocean Spitsbergen has made a gas discovery while drilling at production license 614 approximately 300 kilometers north of Hammerfest, Norway.
Well 7324/9-1 was drilled to a TVD of 1060 meters and “encountered about ten metres of gas-filled reservoir rocks in the Stø formation in the Realgrunn sub-group with good reservoir quality. About 50 metres of net reservoir rocks were encountered in the Snadd formation; they were generally of poor reservoir quality, with a few zones with good reservoir quality,” according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.
This is the first exploration well in production licence 614 and it has now been permanently plugged and abandoned.
The Transocean Spitsbergen will now move on to drill wildcat well 7125/4-3 in production licence 393 B, which is also operated by Statoil Petroleum AS and then in September will be drilling at production license 393.
The Spitsbergen and her sister rig Transocean Barents are of the Aker H-6e design and designed for cold weather harsh environment drilling operations.