Norweigan giant Statoil said it has discovered gas and condensate in the Beta West prospect in the North Sea.

Resources in the find, which lies 4km west of Sleipner B, are estimated at 37-63 million recoverable barrels of oil equivalent (six to 10 million standard cubic metres oe), the company said.

The discovery lies 1.5km from the main Sleipner West reservoir.

“This discovery strengthens our prospects for finding more resources in the immediate vicinity of Sleipner West,” said Statoil’s head of infrastructure-led exploration in the North Sea, Tom Dreyer.

Located in 108m of water, the well was drilled from the West Epsilon rig to a vertical depth of 3,760m beneath sea level.

Hydrocarbons were encountered in a sandstone unit belonging to the Hugin formation, Statoil said.