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Norway’s Statoil made a small oil find at its wildcat well 30/9-27 S in the northern part of the North Sea.

The well was drilled around 4.3 miles west of the Oseberg Sør-field and about 93 miles west of Bergen in the Statoil operated production license 104, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Friday.

Wildcat well 30/9-27 S was drilled to a measured depth of 13,087 feet and a vertical depth of 11,000 feet below the sea surface and was terminated in Middle Jurassic rocks in the Ness Formation.

The water depth at the site is 337 feet.

The purpose of the well was to prove petroleum in Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks in the Tarbert Formation.

The well encountered a 111 foot oil column in sandstone with “moderate to good” reservoir quality, the NPD said.

The oil/water contact was encountered 10,636 feet below sea level.

Preliminary estimates of the size of the discovery range between one and two million standard cubic meters of recoverable oil equivalents.

The discovery will be developed together with the Oseberg Delta 2 project that is currently under development, and the licensees are assessing a production well in the structure encountered by wildcat well 30/9-27 S.

Data acquisition has been carried out and drilling has been concluded.

The well has been permanently plugged and abandoned.

Well 30/9-27 S was drilled by the drilling facility Songa Delta, that will now drill development well 30/9-O-2 H in production license 104.