STAVANGER, Norway, Aug. 8 (UPI) — Norwegian energy company Statoil and its national partners announced Monday they’ve made a “considerable” oil discovery in the North Sea.
Statoil said preliminary estimates of the volume at a well in its Aldous Major field indicate there are at least 200 million barrels of oil equivalent in place.
Statoil said it had considered its well 16/2-8 in the area to be a “high-impact” well. The results of drilling operations at the site confirm Statoil’s belief in the potential for hydrocarbons on the Norwegian continental shelf, the company added.
“Aldous Major South is a considerable oil discovery in one of Statoil’s core areas,” said Gro Haatvedt, one of Statoil’s senior vice presidents for exploration on the Norwegian continental shelf, in a statement.
Statoil said it expects similar findings in nearby license areas.
Statoil serves as the operator with a 40 percent stake in the field.