PGNiG Upstream Norway has confirmed new reserves of oil and gas in the Skarv field in the Norwegian Sea.

The discovery follows after the company completed the drilling of wildcat well 6507/5-9 S and appraisal well 6507/5-9 A. Water depth at the site is 357m. The wells were drilled by the Deepsea Nordkapp drilling facility about 5km south of the Skarv facility in the Norwegian Sea.

In the Middle and Lower Jurassic reservoir rocks, also known as Fangst and Båt groups respectively, 6507/5-9 S encountered a total oil and gas column of about 85m. The 6507/5-9 A well encountered a total oil and gas column of about 65m in both the groups.

The wells fall under the production licence 838 (PL838) awarded in APA 2015 round. PGNiG Upstream Norway holds 40% shares in the licence, which is directly adjacent to the Skarv and Ærfugl licences.

PGNiG management board president Piotr Woźniak said: “As initially announced, drilling of the Shrek prospect took a month and a half. We confirmed the presence of natural gas and crude oil in the lower and middle Jurassic sandstones.

“We took cores and samples of reservoir fluids and performed detailed geophysical logging, which allowed us to determine the preliminary size and assess the quality of the reservoir.

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“This discovery is a big success for PGNiG Upstream Norway, which is operator for the license.”

The recoverable resources of the discovery are in the range between 19 and 38 million barrels of oil equivalent as per the preliminary estimation as confirmed by the Norwegian Oil Directorate (NPD).