BP makes gas discovery in North Sea
BP has made a ‘small gas discovery’ near the Marulk gas field in the Norwegian North Sea, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. The NPD reported that the wildcat well 6507/3-9S, operated by BP under production license 212E, found recoverable gas estimated at between 42 and 81 bn cf.
The well is located around 13 miles north of the Cormorant field and three miles east of Marulk. It was drilled to a total vertical depth of 9,590 feet, found the gas in Upper Cretaceous reservoir rocks in the Lysing Formation.
Marulk is a gas and condensate field that was discovered in 1992 and demarcated in 2008. This field is currently in production and operated by ENI Norge. The 6507/3-9S well is now being plugged and abandoned, while the Polar Pioneer (mid-water semisub) rig used to drill it will move on to work on production wells in the nearby Cormorant field.
BP holds a 30 % interest in production license 212E, while Statoil also holds 30 %, E.ON has 25 % and PGNiG holds the remaining 15 %.