Statoil and its partner Total E&P Norge recently made a significant gas and condensate discovery in the King Lear prospect in the southern part of the Norwegian North Sea.
Exploration well 2/4-21 drilled by Maersk Drilling’s jackup Maersk Gallant in production licences 146 and 333, has proven a 48-meter gas/condensate column in the main bore 2/4-21 and an additional 70-meter gas/condensate column in the side-track 2/4-21A. Statoil estimates the total volumes in King Lear to be between 70 and 200 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent.
“Statoil had earlier defined King Lear as a potential high-impact prospect. The drill results confirm our expectations and show once again that the Norwegian continental shelf still delivers high value barrels,” Gro Gunleiksrud Haatvedt, senior vice president exploration Norway in Statoil, said.
“King Lear lies approximately 20 km north of the Ekofisk field. It is encouraging to see that this part of the Norwegian continental shelf – home to the first commercial oil find in Norway – is still delivering significant discoveries,” Mr Haatvedt said.
The King Lear discovery is the eighth high-impact discovery made by Statoil in the last 15 months. The other high-impact discoveries are Zafarani and Lavani in Tanzania, Skrugard and Havis in the Barents Sea, Johan Sverdrup (formerly Aldous/Avaldsnes) in the North Sea, and Peregrino South and Pão de Açúcar (non-operated) in Brazil.