David gas-condensate discovery (now Atla)

This article originates from the news archive of Det norske.

18. October 2010

Total, operator of production licence 102C, has made a small gas-condensate discovery in well 25/5-7 on the David prospect (now Atla). Det norske holds 10 percent in the discovery. The well is located approximately 20 kilometres north-east of the Heimdal field.

The primary target for the well was the Brent formation of middle Jurassic age with a secondary target in the underlying Statfjord formation of lower Jurassic age.

Gas-condensate was found in the Brent formation. The Statfjord formation was water bearing. The discovery is estimated to be between 15 and 20 million barrels of oil equivalent recoverable resources. Extensive data acquisition and sampling was performed. No production test was carried out.

The licensees will consider infrastructure solution for processing of gas-condensate from David at the Heimdal field and further export.

The well is the first in production licence 102C and was drilled to a vertical depth of 3045 m below sea level and terminated in the Hegre formation of Triassic age. The water depth is 119 meter. The well is now being suspended.

The well 25/5-7 was drilled with the semi-submersible Ocean Vanguard. The rig is moving to production licence 029 in the Sleipner-area to drill well 15/6-11 (Operator is ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Norway AS).

The licensees of PL102C are:
Total E&P Norge AS (40 %)
Petoro AS (30 %)
Centrica Resources (Norge) AS (20 %)
Det norske (10 %)

See the latest results from drilling operations here.

Read more about the Atla development here.

About Det norske:
Det norske oljeselskap ASA has interests in a total of 72 licenses, with 35 operatorships. Det norske is the second-largest operating company on the Norwegian Continental Shelf both considering number of operatotships and exploration activity. I 2009 the company operated nine exploration wells, and the high activity will continue in 2010. Det norske runs its activities in a safe and responsible manner in close cooperation with the authorities.

Det norske currently employs a staff of 190. The company`s registered office is located in Trondheim. The company also has offices in Oslo, Harstad, and Stavanger. Det norske is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (DETNOR).