Equinor has announced the first commercial discovery offshore Norway for 2023 from a pair of deep-water wells drilled on a new permit northwest of Trondheim.

The Obelix Upflank discovery in Block PL 1128 was made some 23 kilometres south of the Irpa gas discovery, which is under development and will be a potential host for a tie-back.

Equinor said the estimated resource at the new discovery is between 2 billion and 11 billion cubic metres of recoverable gas, or between 12.6