Faroe Petroleum has announced the results of the Skirne East exploration well (Faroe 20%) in Norway.
Exploration well 25/6-5S has encountered a net gas-bearing reservoir section estimated at 10m in the Middle Jurassic Hugin formation, confirming hydrocarbons at the same reservoir level as in the adjacent producing Skirne field. Reservoir properties were found to be excellent and extensive data gathering has been conducted.
The preliminary resource estimate for the Skirne East discovery is in the range of 3 to 10 million boe gross.
The Skirne East exploration well 25/6-5S spudded on 13 March 2015 and was drilled to a total depth of 2366 metres below sea level. The Skirne East discovery in Licence PL 627 is located in the Norwegian North Sea on the northern part of the Utsira High approximately 5 kilometres from the Total operated producing Skirne field. The partners are Total (40%), Centrica Resources Norge AS (20%) and Det norske oljeselskap AS (20%).
The Skirne East exploration well will now be plugged and abandoned as planned.
Graham Stewart, Chief Executive of Faroe Petroleum commented:
“We are pleased to announce the result of the Skirne East well which, although smaller than predicted, is a promising discovery particularly in light of the nearby Atla field which was recently developed with reserves within the resource range of the Skirne East discovery.
“During the coming months we expect to start drilling the first of two follow-up wells at the significant Pil discovery (Faroe 25%) on the Blink and Boomerang prospects and also the Bister prospect to follow up on our recent significant Snilehorn discovery located close to the producing Njord field infrastructure.
“Our Norwegian position is now one of the most significant of any UK independent E&P company and with our robust balance sheet, despite challenging market conditions, the company is set for another exciting year in 2015.”
Adapted from press release by Joseph Green