The objective of exploration well 6407/7-8 was to prove gas and condensate in the middle and lower Jurassic reservoirs in the Noatun prospect. The well struck gas and condensates at the prospective Jurassic range, although the size of the find is as yet unconfirmed.

The well has been formation tested using mini-drill stem test, and extensive data and samples have been collected. A flank sidetrack will be drilled to confirm gas and water contact and the size of the find.

Sivert Jorgenvag, exploration manager for the Halten Bank, said: We are delighted to have found hydrocarbons which can contribute to the extended lifetime of the Njord field, but we need more information before we can say anything about the size of the find, and any possible extraction methods.