The well encountered an 18 meter gas column and a 23 meter oil column.
Preliminary estimates of the discovery indicate recoverable volumes of 1 million Sm3 oil equivalents. Further studies are necessary in order to determine if the discovery is economically viable.
This is the first exploration well in license 48, which was part of the Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2007.
Well 6508/1-2 was drilled by the semi-submersible Aker Barents rig (picture).
Partners in PL 482 include: Det norske (65 percent and operator), Petoro 20 percent and Skagen44 AS 15 percent.
About Det norske:
Det norske is the second-largest operating company on the Norwegian Continental Shelf both considering number of operatorships, exploration- and drilling activity. The aggressive exploration program is the largest an independent Norwegian company has ever conducted on the NCS. Det norske runs its activities in a safe and responsible manner in close cooperation with the authorities. Det norske will in 2011 participate in over 10 drilling operations as partner or as operator.
Det norske currently employs a staff of around 200. The company`s registered office is located in Trondheim. The company also has offices in Oslo, Harstad, and Stavanger. Det norske is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (DETNOR).