Wintershall Dea reports Dvalin North discovery in Norwegian Sea


Wintershall Dea said that it has made a gas, condensate, and oil discovery by the drilling of wildcat well 6507/4-2 S at the Dvalin North prospect in the Haltenbanken area of the Norwegian Sea.

According to the German oil and gas company, the Dvalin North discovery is estimated to have 33-70 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) in place.

The new gas, condensate, and oil discovery is located 12km north of the Wintershall Dea-operated Dvalin field, and 65km north of the Maria field, which is also operated by the company.

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The 6507/4-2 S well also intersected hydrocarbons in a couple of shallower secondary targets, which have a combined resource estimate of 38-87 million boe.

Hugo Dijkgraaf – Wintershall Dea chief technology officer said: “The discovery is in an area with existing operated as well as non-operated infrastructure. This important find supports our strategy of primarily investing in infrastructure-led exploration activity which will yield synergies with existing fields.

“Norway is one of our core areas for growth. We will continue to explore and develop fields to support our growth strategy on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.”

Wintershall Dea reports Dvalin North discovery in Norwegian Sea

Wintershall Dea reports Dvalin North discovery in Norwegian Sea. Photo courtesy of Odfjell Drilling.

Drilled by the Deepsea Aberdeen rig, the 6507/4-2 S wildcat well intersected gas, condensate, and oil columns of 33m and 114m, respectively in the Cretaceous Lysing and Lange Formations.

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The well hit a gas column of 85m in the primary target in the Garn Formation, said Wintershall Dea.

The company and its licence partners – Petoro and Sval Energi plan to assess development options for the Dvalin North discovery, which may include a tie back to the Dvalin field.

Apart from Dvalin North, Wintershall Dea and partners will carry out appraisal drilling at the nearby Bergknapp discovery with the Deepsea Aberdeen rig.

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Alv Solheim – Managing Director of Wintershall Dea Norge said: “With Maria, Dvalin and now this discovery in Dvalin North, the Haltenbanken area has emerged as a strategic core area for Wintershall Dea in Norway.

“The next step will be to turn these discoveries into producing fields. This find secures our position in the area and promises to support more activity in the years to come.”

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