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APA 2015: Extended with 46 blocks

Today the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announced the awards in predefined areas 2015 (APA 2015). APA 2015 have been extended with more blocks since APA 2014. The new areas include 35 blocks in the Norwegian Sea and 11 blocks in the Barents Sea near the discoveries Alta and Gohta. The awards will be announced during the first quarter of 2016. -  History has shown that APA is very important for increased value creation and activity level on the Norwegian shelf. Therefore, I am very pleased to announce this year's APA round where a significant amount of new blocks are added. APA 2015 is yet an example that the government keeps its promises on keeping a high pace in the awarding new areas for petroleum activities, says Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien.



Jordbær Sør was dry

BG Norge has completed drilling of exploration well Jordbær Sør located approximately 5 kilometers southeast of the Knarr field in the northern part of the North Sea. The purpose of the well was to prove petroleum in Early Jurassic reservoir rocks (Cook Formation). The well encountered a gross Cook Formation interval of approximately 82 meters, of which 47 meters were good reservoir quality with traces of residual hydrocarbons interpreted. The well was drilled to a total vertical depth of 4,253 meters. Extensive data acquisition and sampling has been carried out. The well is classified as dry. The drilling was completed on April 9, and the well was plugged and abandoned. Operator is BG Norge (45 percent) and partners are Idemitsu Petroleum AS (25 percent), Wintershall Norge ASA (20 percent) and Dea norge AS (10 percent).



Valemon officially opened

Today Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien opened the gas and condensate field Valemon in the North Sea. Condensate from Valemon will be sent to Kvitebjørn for processing, further transported to Mongstad, while gas goes to Heimdal for processing, and then sent to the market. Expected recoverable reserves from the field are 192 million barrels of oil equivalent. - Valemon is one of several new projects on the Norwegian continental shelf that contribute to value creation, activity and innovation,” says Arne Sigve Nylund, executive vice president for Development & Production Norway.



Gas discovery near Aasta Hansteen

Operator Statoil and its partners have made a gas discovery containing between 2-7 billion standard cubic meters (Sm3) of recoverable gas in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea. The well is located about 12 kilometers west of the Aasta Hansteen field that is currently being developed. - It is very gratifying to see that significant amounts of gas were proven in the Roald Rygg prospect, and we believe that it is likely that this discovery will be connected to Aasta Hansteen, especially in light of the recent Snefrid North discovery in the neighboring license, says CEO in Atlantic petroleum, Ben Arabo. This is the first exploration well in production license 602, which was awarded in the 21th licensing round back in 2011. Operator Statoil holds 42.5 percent and partners are Centrica (20 percent), Petoro (20 percent), Wintershall (10 percent) and Atlantic petroleum Norway (7.5 percent).


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