The 26/10-1 wildcat well of the Zulu prospect in the PL674BS licence, offshore Norway, has encountered gas.

It discovered an estimated 36m gas column in very good reservoir quality. It was testing the Miocene Utsira Formation sand and gas was encountered in an upper 24m sand sequence.

"It discovered an estimated 36m gas column in very good reservoir quality."

The Island Innovator drilling rig was used to drill the well to a total subsea depth of 995m. It was terminated in sediments of presumed Oligocene age Hordaland Group.

Lundin Petroleum subsidiary Lundin Norway operates the licence with a 35% stake. Petrolia Norway and E.ON E&P Norge hold 35% and 30% working interests, respectively.

Lundin Petroleum has proven and probable reserves of 187.5 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe).

The company secured eight exploration licence interests in the 2014 Norwegian Licencing Round, including six in the North Sea, one Norwegian Sea licence and one Barents Sea licence.

Petrolia Norway has 13 licences on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.