Aker BP ASA, operator of production license 659, has made a minor gas discovery at wildcat well 7221/12-1, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate reported Wednesday.

Well 7221/12-1 encountered a total gas column of about 66 feet in the upper part of the Snadd formation, of which a total of 23 feet of sandstone layers offered good to moderate reservoir quality.

The discovery is not considered to be commercial at this time and the well will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

This is the second exploration well in production license 659, which was awarded in APA2011. Well 7221/12-1 was drilled to a vertical depth of 2,296 feet below the sea surface and was terminated in the Snadd formation in the Upper Triassic. Water depth at the site is 1,135 feet.





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