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AkerBP drilled first Arctic well in 4 years, found no oil

The company made only a minor discovery of natural gas at the Svanefjell prospect in the Barents Sea.
May 31, 2018


It was AkerBP’s first well in the region in four years, and it was made only 25 km from the place where the company in 2014 made a small discovery of oil.

The Svanefjell prospect. Map by npd.no

This time, the company found only gas, and only small volumes. According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the drilling of the wildcat well revealed a gas column of about 20 metres 

Preliminary estimate is that the size of the discovery is between 2-3.5 billion standard cubic metres of recoverable gas, the Directorate informs.

Preliminary results from gas samples indicate that the gas may be in the gas-hydrate phase.

Aker BP Senior Vice President for Exploration Gro Gunleiksrud Haatvedt confirms that the discovery is considered to be non-commercial.

The Svanefjell well is located about 230 km north of Hammerfest, the town on the Barents Sea coast. It was drilled to a vertical depth of 700 metres below the sea surface by semisubmersible rig «Deepsea Stavanger»