BP has made a “small gas discovery” near the Marulk gas field in the Norwegian North Sea, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

The NPD reported Wednesday that the wildcat well 6507/3-9S, operated by BP under production license 212E, found recoverable gas estimated at between 42 and 81 billion cubic feet.

The well is located around 13 miles north of the Cormorant field and three miles east of Marulk. It was drilled to a total vertical depth of 9,590 feet, found the gas in Upper Cretaceous reservoir rocks in the Lysing Formation.

Marulk is a gas and condensate field that was discovered in 1992 and demarcated in 2008. This field is currently in production and operated by Eni Norge.

The 6507/3-9S well is now being plugged and abandoned, while the Polar Pioneer (mid-water semisub) rig used to drill it will move on to work on production wells in the nearby Cormorant field.

BP holds a 30-percent interest in production license 212E, while Statoil also holds 30 percent, E.ON has 25 percent and PGNiG holds the remaining 15 percent.