Norwegian oil company Statoil interested in Angola’s pre-salt layer oil

18 December 2012

The chairman of Norwegian oil company Statoil, Hulg Lunde, said in Luanda that his group was very interested in taking part in exploration of the oil found in Angola’s pre-salt layer, according to state newspaper Jornal de Angola.

At the end of a meeting with the country’s Vice President, Manuel Vicente, Lunde noted that the Norwegian company was a partner of Angolan state oil company Sonangol in Blocks 15, 16 and 31.

“We are very interested in taking part in exploration of the Angolan pre-salt,” layer said the Statoil chairman, who announced that the group had launched geological surveys in order to later begin the process of test drilling.

The chairman of Statoil also added that it was too early to give information about the pre-salt results, saying that preliminary observations showed that the work would take some time.

Geologically-speaking, the pre-salt layer is a layer of rocks below the earth’s crust made up of petrified salt, which sits below other less dense layers at the bottom of the ocean and where large amounts of oil have been found. (macauhub)