Statoil and partners Italy’s Eni and Norway’s Petoro have made a gas discovery in the Blåmann well, between the Snøhvit and Goliat fields in the Barents Sea.
The well was drilled in licence PL 849. Gas was found in a 23 metre column in the Stø formation but no oil was found.
“We were exploring for oil and this is not the result we were hoping for. However, this gas discovery has the potential to contribute additional resources to the Snøhvit project,” said Jez Averty, senior vice president for exploration in Norway and the UK.
The discovery is located in the Hammerfest basin, approximately 21 kilometres southeast of the Snøhvit field.
This is the second discovery in Statoil’s 2017 Barents Sea exploration campaign, following the Kayak oil discovery in early July.
Statoil is the operator with a 50 per cent stake, Eni holds 30 per cent and Petoro has the remaining 20 per cent.