Wintershall has announced an oil discovery in the southern part of the Norwegian North Sea about 200 kms off the coast of Stavanger. The own-operated Asha Noor appraisal wells 16/1-16 and its delineation16/1-16 A in production licence PL 457 were drilled about 3 kms east of the 16/1-9 discovery well in the Ivar Aasen discovery and about 3 kms north of the Edvard Grieg field. Preliminary resource estimates range between 20 and 40 million barrels of recoverable oil. Extensive coring, sampling and data acquisition have been carried out. The results will now be evaluated to further determine resources and the commerciality of the discovery.
'Asha Noor is our third oil discovery in Norway in the last 12 months. After our discoveries with the Maria appraisal well and Skarfjell, the Asha Noor discovery provides further confirmation that the Utsira High region offers considerable potential', Martin Bachmann, Member of the Wintershall Board of Executive Directors responsible for Exploration and Production commented. Wintershall, with a portfolio of over 40 licenses on the Norwegian Continental Shelf including more than 20 operatorships, aims to raise its daily production on the Norwegian and British continental shelf from its current level of around 4,000 barrels to 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) by 2015.
Asha Noor is Wintershall’s first well in the production licence PL 457, which was awarded in the APA 2007. The operator is Wintershall Norge with a share of 40%. The partners are E.ON E&P Norge with 20%, Bridge Energy Norge with 20% and VNG Norge with 20%. The wells 16/1-16 and 16/1-16 A were drilled to a vertical depth of respectively 2,722 and 2,683 meters below mean sea level and were terminated in the Permian Rotliegendes and the Triassic Skagerrak Formation. The wells were permanently plugged and abandoned. The water depth is 113 meters. The Bredford Dolphin drilling platform now transfers to Lundin for the drilling of 16/3-5 in PL 501.