Operator Eni Norge has made a promising gas and condensate discovery in the Norwegian Sea's Marulk prospect. The total size of the discovery is within the range of 12-19 billion Sm3 of recoverable gas and 0.8-1.1 million Sm3 of recoverable condensate.
Marulk can give valuable additional resources in the Norwegian Sea and the well is an important part of our exploration activities in the Norwegian Sea, where we have had an active program including deep water frontier wells and wells close to existing infrastructure.
In 1992, the well 6507/2-2 "Marulk discovery" confirmed volumes of approximately 6.7 billion Sm3 of recoverable gas and 0.4 million Sm3 recoverable condensate in the upper and lower Cretaceous reservoirs. This discovery is located approximately 21 km southwest of the Norne field.
The objective of well 6507/2-4 was to appraise the extent of the gas/condensate discovery and prove additional economical reserves. The well confirmed gas and condensate in a position 4.5 km from the discovery well. The well was not tested. This is the fourth well in production licence 122, which was awarded in licensing round 10B in 1986. The appraisal well 6507/2-4 was drilled to a vertical depth of 3,584 metres below the sea surface and was completed in rocks of lower Cretaceous age.
The water depth is 365 metres, and the well will be permanently plugged and abandoned. The well 6507/2-4 was drilled with the semi submersible drilling vessel West Alpha.
Eni Norge has great faith in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) and the results from the well are encouraging with respect to future development of the Marulk discovery. Marulk shows that our NCS focus gives results.
Eni Norge is one of the largest operators on the NCS. The company was established in Norway in 1965, and has a daily production of approximately 140,000 barrels (of oil equivalents). Eni Norge is operator of 13 licences, including the Goliat field in the Barents Sea. The company also has interests in a number of exploration licences and fields under development and in operation, including Ekofisk, Norne, Åsgard, Heidrun, Kristin, Mikkel and Urd. Eni Norge is part of the Italian Eni group, which has approximately 70,000 employees in over 70 countries worldwide.
The licensees in production licence 122 are:
Eni Norge AS (operator) - 20%, StatoilHydro ASA - 50% and DONG E&P Norge AS - 30%