Wintershall oil hit at Hibonite

Find: for Wintershall off Denmark

Wintershall has made a significant oil discovery with a well drilled at its Hibonite prospect in the Danish North Sea.

The German explorer has given a preliminary in-place resource estimate of around 100 million barrels for the structure found by the Hibonite-1 exploration well, drilled by jack-up Noble George Sauvageau in a water depth of 52 metres.

The probe, drilled to a total depth of 4431 metres below sea level, flowed oil and gas in a production test and two sidetracks confirmed the presence of Late Jurassic oil-bearing sandstone.

The find lies about seven kilometres north of the earlier Ravn discovery and both structures are formed of Upper Jurassic Heno sandstones.

Wintershall now intends to evaluate the commerciality of the latest discovery, located 278 kilometres west of Esbjerg, with a view to a possible cluster development with Ravn.

Head of exploration and production Martin Bachmann said the Hibonite find was “an important and exciting step” towards Wintershall achieving its first production off Denmark, where it operates three licences.

The well in Wintershall-operated licence 5/06 will now be plugged and abandoned, after which the rig will be moved to drill the Spurv-1 wildcat in neighbouring licence 4/06a, also operated by the company.

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