Sweden-based independent oil and gas exploration and production company Lundin Petroleum has found oil during the drilling of appraisal well 16/2-17S in the Johan Sverdrup field.

The Johan Sverdrup field is located in PL501, PL265 and PL502 on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).

The company completed the appraisal well 16/2-17S and discovered a gross column of 82m of oil bearing good quality sandstone of Jurassic age in production license PL265.

16/2-17S appraisal well was drilled about 1.5km south west of appraisal well 16/2-8 in PL265 and 2.4km north west of appraisal well 16/2-11 in PL501 to examine reservoir thickness and properties close to the main bounding fault marking the western limit of Johan Sverdrup discovery.

Of the intersected 82m of gross oil column, 39m was of excellent quality, while the lower 43m oil column consisted of interbedded shales and high quality sandstone layers.

An oil water contact was established similar to the neighboring wells.

Both intervals were production-tested with rates of 5,900 barrels of oil per day (bopd) and 1,500bopd respectively.

Lundin has also completed exploration well 16/2-17B that was drilled as a side-track west of the Johan Sverdrup boundary fault to explore the southern part of the Cliffhanger prospect, but did not find reservoir.