New discovery north-west of Draugen in the Norwegian Sea

Preliminary volume estimates are between 1 and 3.5 million standard cubic meters (MSm3) of recoverable oil equivalents, corresponding to 6-22 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe).

VP Exploration & Appraisal, Bente Flakstad Vold stated the following:

This is our fifth consecutive discovery in mature areas on the Norwegian continental shelf. Pandion Energy actively targets near field exploration opportunities which allow for low cost and low carbon developments. The partners in the Calypso license will now study options to effectively develop the discovery using nearby infrastructure.

“We would like to congratulate both the operator Neptune Energy and the Deepsea Yantai team on yet another successful drilling operation.”

Pandion Energy is also partner in the Neptune Energy operated Ofelia discovery in the North Sea announced in August (link).

The Calypso discovery is located 14 kilometres north-west of the Draugen field and 22 kilometres north-east of the Njord A platform.

Well 6407/8-8S was drilled to a vertical depth of 3496 metres and encountered an estimated 8 metre thick gas column and 30-metre thick oil column in a 131 metres thick Garn Formation sandstone reservoir, of good to very good quality.

The well was drilled by the Deepsea Yantai, a semi-submersible rig owned by CIMC and operated by Odfjell Drilling. The partners in the license are: Neptune Energy (operator, 30%), OKEA ASA (30%), Pandion Energy AS (20%) and Vår Energi ASA (20%)

Merger with wholly owned subsidiary completed

Reference is made to announcement on 9 March 2022 regarding Pandion Energy AS acquiring the shares of ONE-Dyas Norge AS from ONE-Dyas Holding B.V., and the completion of the transaction announced on 30 June 2022 where ONE-Dyas Norge AS became a wholly owned subsidiary of Pandion Energy AS.

The transfer was approved by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (“MPE”) on the condition that the two companies shall be merged. ONE-Dyas Norge AS’ name was later changed to Pandion Energy Norge AS. The merger between Pandion Energy AS and Pandion Energy Norge AS was approved by the MPE 14 October 2022 and was completed on 1 November 2022 with Pandion Energy AS as the surviving entity.

Successful discovery in the Gjøa area

The Ofelia well, 35/6-3 S encountered oil in the Agat formation. The preliminary estimate of recoverable oil volume is in the range of 2.5-6.2 million standard cubic meters (MSm3) or 16-39 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe). An additional upside of around 10 mmboe recoverable gas in the shallower Kyrre formation north of the well, brings the total recoverable volume to approximately 26-49 mmboe. The Ofelia drilling program confirmed an oil/water contact at 2,639 metres total vertical depth.

The discovery is located 15 kilometres north of the Gjøa platform, also operated by Neptune Energy. Ofelia will be considered for development as a tie-back to the Gjøa semi-submersible platform in parallel with the recent Hamlet oil and gas discovery. Gjøa is electrified with power from shore and produces at less than half the average carbon intensity of Norwegian Continental Shelf fields*.

Jan Christian Ellefsen, CEO of Pandion Energy said:

With this discovery Pandion Energy further manifests its presence in the Greater Gjøa Area and demonstrates the potential of our exploration strategy focusing on opportunities close to existing infrastructure. I’m also pleased to see that we are able to deliver profitable growth while remaining loyal to our Net Zero Carbon strategy.

Bente Flakstad Vold, VP Exploration and Appraisal, added:

“Our history in this area traces back to the first discovery in Pandion Energy’s portfolio, namely 36/7-4 Cara later renamed Duva. Ofelia was our first APA application building on the experiences made as partner in the area, and demonstrates the exploration team’s ability to deliver organic growth.”

Duva, now on stream, was the first discovery in the Agat formation in this area, a reservoir which until recently was not part of established exploration models on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Pandion Energy divested its interest in the Duva field in 2020 and is currently partner in several neighbouring exploration licenses. Earlier this year Pandion Energy acquired a 10 per cent interest in the Nova field, which was put on stream in July as a subsea tie-back to Gjøa.

Ofelia was drilled by the Deepsea Yantai, a semi-submersible rig, owned by CIMC and operated by Odfjell Drilling.

Partners: Neptune Energy (Operator, 40%), Pandion Energy (20%), Wintershall Dea (20%),  Aker BP ASA (previously Lundin Energy) (10%) and DNO (10%).

For further information see press release from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (link) and the operator Neptune Energy (link).


Notes to editors:

* CO2 emissions from Gjøa are estimated at 3kg of CO2 per boe (EnvironmentHub (EEH); CO2 emissions and Diskos; Gross production incl. tie-ins, 2020), average on the Norwegian Continental Shelf is 8 kg CO2/barrel (NOROG Miljørapport 2020).

Farm down in PL 820S and 820SB to Vår Energi

Pandion Energy has farmed down a 5% participating interest in PL 820S and 820SB to Vår Energi with effective date 1 January 2022. The transaction is one of multiple transactions bringing Vår Energi’s participating interest in these licenses to 30% in total. Following the transaction, Pandion Energy’s participating interest will be 7.5% in both licenses. It has further been agreed between the partners in PL 820 and 820SB to propose that Vår Energi is appointed operator.

First oil at the Nova field

CEO Jan Christian Ellefsen of Pandion Energy comments:

“Nova on stream is an important milestone for Pandion Energy as this will more than double our daily production when at peak – a big thanks to all involved for getting us to this stage! We now look forward to work closely with the operator and partners to further enhance production and value creation from the Nova field. I’m also very pleased to see that we’re able to continue delivering profitable growth while remaining loyal to our Net Zero Carbon strategy. Together with the existing production from Valhall & Hod, we will have among the lowest CO2 intensity levels on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.”

The Nova field (previously Skarfjell) was discovered in 2012 and the plan for development and operation (PDO) was approved in 2018. Pandion Energy entered the project through the acquisition of ONE-Dyas Norge AS, which was announced in March this year and completed at the end of June.

About Nova

Nova is located in the North Sea, about 120 kilometres northwest of Bergen and approximately 17 kilometres southwest of the host platform Gjøa. The field is developed with two subsea templates and a total of six wells; three producers and three water injectors. The host platform will provide gas lift and water injection to the field and receive the Nova hydrocarbons.

The Nova oil will be transported via Gjøa through the Troll Oil Pipeline II to Mongstad, associated gas will be exported via the Far North Liquids and Associated Gas System (FLAGS) pipeline to St Fergus in the UK, supplying the European energy market.

The Nova partnership consists of Wintershall Dea (45% participating interest and operator), Sval Energi (45%) and Pandion Energy Norge (10%). In May this year, Wintershall Dea announced that it had entered into agreement to sell a 6% participating interest in the Nova field to OKEA.

For more information about Nova, see:

Pandion Energy completes acquisition of ONE-Dyas Norge AS

Following the completion of the transaction, ONE-Dyas Norge AS has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Pandion Energy and the name of the company will be changed to Pandion Energy Norge AS.

The transaction includes a 10 percent share of the Nova field and a total of nine exploration licenses. The Nova field is expected to start production in the second half of 2022 and will be sustainably operated with hydro power from shore through Gjøa. 

This transaction represents a new leap in the Pandion Energy story and secures the company a solid foundation for further growth. With Nova on stream, the Pandion Energy’s daily production will more than double from the current level. In line with Pandion Energy’s Net Zero Carbon strategy, the combined Valhall and Nova production will, have among the lowest CO2 intensity levels on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. 

In accordance with conditions set forth in the approval by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, a separate merger process will be initiated to combine the portfolio of the two companies under one licensee.

Pandion Energy completes debt refinancing process

Together with the USD 75 million 4-year tenor senior unsecured bond successfully raised on 25 May, this concludes Pandion Energy’s refinancing process. The purpose of this process has been to optimize the capital structure on the back of the acquisition of ONE-Dyas Norge AS announced on 9 March (completion pending authorities’ approval).

Commenting on the refinancing process, Jan Christian Ellefsen, CEO of Pandion Energy’s said:

“We are very pleased to have completed the debt refinancing as planned under unusually volatile market conditions. We are also comforted by the continued strong support from both leading Nordic and international banks, as well as institutional bond investors. By retaining this diversified and flexible capital structure, we are fully financed to meet exciting commitments and to act on future growth opportunities.”

The bond will be listed on the Nordic ABM, a marketplace regulated by Oslo Børs, within 9 months. Nordic Trustee has been appointed as bond trustee. Upon closing of the new bond issue, Pandion Energy issued a call notice for full redemption of PANE01 PRO earlier today.

ABG Sundal Collier, DNB Markets and Pareto Securities acted as joint lead managers and bookrunners of the bond issue.

Arntzen de Besche acted as legal advisor to Pandion Energy in the refinancing process. RBL banks were advised by Wiersholm and managers of the bond issue were advised by Thommessen.

Delineation drilling results of the Slagugle oil discovery

Analysis of the newly collected data will inform on options for future appraisal and potential development. Pandion Energy holds a 20 per cent interest in in PL891, where ConocoPhillips is the operator (80 per cent). The main objectives of the appraisal well were to narrow oil in place and recoverable hydrocarbon volume estimates for pay intervals encountered in the discovery well 6507/5-10 S.

The well 6507/5-11 was spud on March 8th, 2022. TD (2272.92 m TVDSS) was safely reached on March 30th, 2022. Extensive data acquisition was carried out, including LWD, wireline, formation pressure, fluid samples and dynamic interference testing utilizing pressure gauges installed in the discovery well 6507/5-10 S.

The 6507/5-11 well encountered wet Jurassic and Triassic sands in the Åre formation and Grey Beds, with a total of 130 m of net good reservoir properties in several vertically separated pressure zones.

Three injectivity tests were conducted in the Åre and Grey Beds formations. Good injectivity in high permeability intervals was observed in all zones with a target rate of around 1000 Sm3/day for each injection test. The injection tests interpretation supports good connectivity of the Grey Beds reservoir with the updip pay in the discovery well 6507/5-10 S.

VP Exploration and Appraisal at Pandion Energy, Bente Flakstad Vold, stated the following:

We see multiple exploration opportunities in the Slagugle area which we expect will add to the resources confirmed by this appraisal well. We now look forward to continuing our close cooperation with the operator and contribute to maturing and potentially developing the resources in the area.

For further information see press release from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate: Delineation of oil discovery 6507/5-10 S (Slagugle) northeast of the Heidrun field in the Norwegian Sea – 6507/5-11 (

Pandion Energy successfully places USD 75 million bond

Pandion Energy AS (“Pandion Energy”) is pleased to announce a successful bond issue of USD 75 million with a tenor of 4 years. The bond issue attracted strong interest from Norwegian and international investors. The purpose of the new bond issue is refinancing of the existing NOK 400 million senior unsecured bonds with maturity in April 2023 (ISIN NO 001 0820103) (“PANE01 PRO”) as well as general corporate purposes. Upon closing of the new bond issue, Pandion Energy will issue a call notice for full redemption of PANE01 PRO.

ABG Sundal Collier, DNB Markets and Pareto Securities acted as Joint Lead Managers for the bond issue.