The purpose of the sidetrack drilling was to delineate the Dagny discovery in order to determine the oil/water contact.
Including the Ermintrude find the total recoverable volume is estimated at 180-240 million barrels of oil equivalent.
”This is a very exciting discovery which confirms that there is still a chance of finding larger volumes of oil in established areas such as Sleipner,” says Tim Dodson, senior vice president for StatoilHydro’s exploration activities on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). “These are positive contributions to reaching our goal of maximising the potential on the NCS.”
The appraisal wells on the Dagny structure confirm that Dagny and Ermintrude, which was confirmed in 2007, have identical pressures and are located in the same structure. A joint development of Ermintrude and Dagny phased in to the Sleipner field is being evaluated.
Gas was confirmed in the Dagny discovery as early as in 1978. A creative exploration organisation presented the idea that there might be an oil column below the gas.
”It is encouraging to see that the organisation’s new ideas in mature areas can lead to such good results,” says Tim Dodson.