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).