VNG: Pil appraisal well hits oil (Norway)

Faroe Petroleum has announced the completion of a successful initial side‐track appraisal well on the Pil oil and gas discovery (Faroe 25%) in the Norwegian Sea.

The Pil side‐track well (6406/12‐3 B), to appraise for additional hydrocarbons along the Pil structure and down‐dip from the initial discovery well, has reached a total depth of 3,996 metres below sea level. Results based on extensive coring, wireline logs and pressure data show that the well has encountered oil in reservoir sands with a very high net to gross ratio. Preliminary data indicate a gross hydrocarbon‐bearing reservoir section with approximately 80 metres of oil in the Upper Jurassic reservoir of the Rogn Formation.

The oil‐bearing interval in the side‐track well was found to be at a similar pressure level to the oil bearing interval in the initial discovery well. As announced on 6 March 2014, the Pil discovery well (6406/12‐3S) encountered a gross hydrocarbon‐bearing reservoir section with approximately 135 metres of oil and 91 metres of gas in the Upper Jurassic reservoir of the of the Rogn Formation. A subsequent drill stem test generated a stable flow rate of 6,710 bopd of 37° API oil from a 56/64” choke, providing clear evidence of a prolific reservoir. A second side‐track well is planned to start in the coming days to test the separate Bue prospect, which has the potential to add further volumes to the Pil discovery.

The Pil discovery is located within tieback distance some 33 kilometres to the south east of the Njord platform in which the Company holds a 7.5% working interest. The vertical depth of the well is currently at 3,605 metres. The Pil licence drilling operations are operated by VNG Norge AS (30%) using the Transocean Arctic drilling rig, with partners Spike Exploration Holdings AS (30%) and Rocksource Exploration Norway AS (15%).

Graham Stewart, Chief Executive of Faroe Petroleum, said: “We are very pleased to announce the results of this successful side‐track appraisal well on the Pil discovery, which proves further resource potential in this already significant discovery. The successful well result on this Pil appraisal side‐track adds further value to Faroe’s already substantial position in this prolific part of the Norwegian Sea, and we aim to unlock further potential in this exciting core area.

“In the near term we look forward to reporting results from exploration drilling on both the nearby Bue prospect (Faroe 25%) and the Butch South West prospect (Faroe 15%) in the Norwegian North Sea.”

 

Press Release, May 27, 2014

 

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