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Opportunities for new gas-cluster

Maersk Oil continues this year's drilling activity in the Norwegian Sea with the prospect Albert, to be drilled with the Transocean Barents. The hope is to discover new gas reserves and participate in site development and major new investments in infrastructure.

- In 2012 we will drill another self-operated well in the Norwegian Sea, this time in PL 513 on the prospect Albert, with Dana Petroleum as a partner. This is a very exciting well, the prospect is just north of the Victoria discovery, says the head in Maersk Oil Norway, Morten W. Jeppesen to Offshore.no/International.

String of discoveries
A number of oil companies have made a string of gas discoveries in the Norwegian Sea: Statoil, Shell, RWE DEA with its Zidane discovery, BP and Total with its Victoria gas discovery. However, there are currently no gas evacuation capacity needed to develop these discoveries. Most of these discoveries are also to small to justify development of new infrastructure on their own. The operators are therefore in the process of planning a new gas pipeline from the discoveries to the onshore facilities in Nyhamna, where also gas from the Ormen Lange field is processed.

Gassco, which operates the Norwegian gas network, has prepared a report that points to the need for a new gas pipeline. Among other things, the report points out:

-A new pipeline from the Barents Sea could be operational in 2020, and should have  capacity to accommodate potential new volumes in the Norwegian Sea.

So, Maersk Oils drilling of its prospect Albert, which is located north of the discovery Victoria, which  long been considered the largest undeveloped gas discovery in Norway, can, if successful, add new reserves, strengthening the economy in a new pipeline project.

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