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France’s Total said Friday it made a “minor” gas discovery at well 25/6-5 S in the Norwegian North Sea.

The well was drilled in production licence 627 about 4 miles east of the Skirne field in the central part of the North Sea and about 105 miles northwest of Stavanger.

The objective of well 25/6-5 S was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks in the Hugin formation.

The well encountered a 32 foot gas column in the Hugin formation with “good to very good reservoir quality.”

Preliminary calculations place the size of the discovery between 0.4 and 1.5 million standard cubic meters of recoverable oil equivalents .

No formation testing has been conducted but data acquisition was carried out.

The well was drilled to a measured depth of 8,267 feet and a vertical depth of 7,762 feet beneath the sea surface in 393 feet of water.

Well 25/6-5 S was terminated in the Dunlin formation in the Lower Jurassic and will now be permanently plugged and abandoned.

“The licensees will evaluate the discovery with regard to development,” Total said.

Well 25/6-5 S  is the first exploration well in production licence 627.

The well was drilled by the Leiv Eiriksson drilling facility that will now move to the Barents Sea to drill wildcat well 7324/8-2 in production licence 537, where OMV Norge is the operator.