Statoil ASA discovered between 300-600MMbo recoverable in its first Bay du Nord exploration well, located 500km (310 mi.) northeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland.
"It is exciting that Statoil is opening a new basin offshore Newfoundland," says Tim Dodson, executive vice president of Statoil Exploration. "This brings us one step closer to becoming a producing operator in the area."
The announcement marks the third discovery for the Norwegian company in the Flemish Pass Basin, with the most recent Bay du Nord discovery extremely close to the previous two, Mizzen and Harpoon. Mizzen is estimated to hold a total of 100-200MMbo recoverable, with Harpoon is currently under evaluation.
All three are in approximately 1,100m (0.7 mi.) of water. Mizzen was drilled by the semisubmersible Henry Goodrich (2009). The Bay du Nord and Harpoon wells were drilled by the semisubmersible West Aquarius (2013).
In its announcement, Statoil said that the Flemish Pass Basin has the potential to become a core area of production after 2020.
Statoil’s partner in the venture, the Canadian-based Husky Energy, said that additional prospective resources in the region have been identified for further delineation. Another exploration well in Flemish Pass, Aster, is expected to be drilled in 2014.
Husky also operates the White Rose field and its 3 satellite developments in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin, approximately 350km (210 mi.) east of St John’s. Jeanne d’Arc Basin is home to all 3 major oil projects off the Newfoundland coast: White Rose, Hibernia and Terra Nova.
Statoil operates Mizzen, Harpoon and Bay du Nord with a 65% interest. Husky Energy has a 35% interest in all three discoveries.
Image: Three Statoil discoveries in the Flemish Pass Basin and its proximity to the current projects in the Jeanne d'Arc Basic. Courtesy Statoil ASA.