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Dana Petroleum discovered an oil pay zone Monday at its Lille John-2 appraisal well and side-track at the Lille John oil field in the Danish North Sea.

The Lille John-2 (LJ-2) appraisal well and side-track, located in license 12/06, confirmed the presence of sweet, light oil in the Late Miocene sandstone reservoir.

The thickness and quality of the sandstone reservoir encountered in LJ-2 was found to be improved relative to the LJ-1 discovery well drilled in 2011, UK-based Dana said.

The entire reservoir package was cored and a comprehensive log suite was gathered followed by a drill stem test over the entire interval.

The production test showed a maximum flow rate of 1,400 barrels per day, with no sand production.

The oil quality was between 34° to 35° API with no H2S, similar to the oil found in the LJ-1 well.

Detailed evaluation of the acquired data will now be performed to confirm the exact thickness of the oil pay in order to assess the recoverable volumes in the Lille John accumulation and to determine commerciality.

The 12/06 licence is located near existing Dana operated licences in the Netherlands.

“The results of the appraisal well and side-track are very encouraging demonstrating a healthy oil flow rate. The 12/06 licence is a great strategic fit for Dana giving us access to resources close to our existing licences operated from our Netherlands office, as we look to grow and develop our European operations,” Dana’s exploration director Dr. Richard Fox said.

Dana Petroleum holds a 40 percent operating stake in license 12/06.

Sweden-based PA Resources holds a 24 percent stake, Denmark-based Nordsøfonden holds a 20 percent stake, Denmark-based Danoil Exploration holds an 8 percent stake and France-based Spyker Energy holds an 8 percent stake.