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Norway’s Statoil said Monday it made a gas discovery at well 6706/12-3 in the offshore Norway Aasta Hansteen area.

The well, drilled by the Transocean Spitsbergen rig, proved a 124 foot gas column in the Nise Formation with “very good” reservoir quality.

The well is located in production license PL602 in the Norwegian Sea.

The discovery, made in the Roald Rygg prospect, is the second discovery Statoil has made in Aasta Hansteen this spring.

Statoil estimates resource volumes in Roald Rygg to be in the range of 12 to 44 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent.

Roald Rygg is located less than 5 miles west of the recent Snefrid Nord discovery.

The estimated total volumes in the two discoveries correspond to about 25 percent of the Aasta Hansteen area’s recoverable volumes.

“Both wells, Snefrid Nord and Roald Rygg, have resulted in interesting discoveries, which will now be further evaluated for future tie-in to the Aasta Hansteen infrastructure,” Statoil’s senior VP of exploration in Norway says Irene Rummelhoff said.

Aasta Hansteen will be the largest SPAR platform in the world and is the biggest ongoing field development project in the Norwegian Sea, Statoil said.

Subject to government approval, the PL602 partnership will consist of Statoil with a 42.5 percent operating stake,  Norway’s Petoro with a 20 percent stake, UK-based Centrica Resources with a 20 percent stake, Germany-based Wintershall with a 10 percent stake and Norway-based Atlantic Petroleum Norge with a 7.5 percent stake.