Hamlet exploration well discovery, offshore Norway

Source: press release, 28 April 2022

Odfjell Drilling’s ‘Deepsea Yantai’ is a GM4D harsh environment design
Odfjell Drilling’s ‘Deepsea Yantai’ is a GM4D harsh environment design (photo: Odfjell Drilling)

OKEA, together with operator Neptune Energy and partners, has announced the discovery of oil and gas in the Hamlet exploration well in the Gjøa licence (PL153), where OKEA holds a 12% working interest (WI).

Hydrocarbons were discovered in the target Agat Formation in both the main bore (35/9-16 S) and the side-track (35/9-16 A), drilled to confirm the discovery and acquire more data in the eastern part of the structure.

In-place volumes are estimated to be in the range of 5-8 million standard cubic metres (MSm3) or 30-50 million barrels of oil equivalents (mmboe). Work is continuing to confirm potential recoverable resources, but the operator’s preliminary estimate is 8-24 mmboe, including resources in the northern part of the structure previously proven by well 35/9-3 T2 in 1997. The licence group has initiated studies to evaluate whether commercial development options exist for the discovery.

Located 58 kilometres west of Florø, Norway, at a water depth of 358 metres, the Hamlet well was drilled by Deepsea Yantai, a semi-submersible rig operated by Odfjell Drilling.

Neptune Energy Norge AS is operator of PL153 with 30% WI. The other licensees are Petoro AS (30% WI) and Wintershall Dea Norge AS (28% WI).