The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Det norske oljeselskap AS a drilling permit for wells 16/1-21 S and 16/1-21 A, located offshore Norway.
Wells 16/1-21 S and 16/1-21 A will be drilled from the Maersk Interceptor jack-up drilling rig from the joint position in production licence 001 B.
Maersk Interceptor jack-up rig recently got an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway.
The well 16/1-21 S will be drilled first in the reservoir to the north, while 16/1-21 A will subsequently be drilled in the reservoir to the southeast.
The drilling programme for wells 16/1-21 S and 16/1-21 A relates to appraisal wells on the Ivar Aasen field, where Det norske is the operator with an ownership interest of 34.7862 per cent. The other licensees are Statoil Petroleum AS with 41.4730 per cent, Bayerngas Norge AS with 12.3173 per cent, Wintershall Norge AS with 6.4615 per cent, VNG Norge AS with 3.0230 per cent, Lundin Norway AS with 1.3850 per cent and OMV (Norge) AS with 0.5540 per cent.
The area in this licence consists of part of block 16/1. The wells will be drilled in the eastern part of the Ivar Aasen field in the central part of the North Sea.
On September 1, 1999, production licence 001 B was carved out of production licence 001, which was awarded on September 1, 1965 (Round 1-A). These are the fifth and sixth exploration wells to be drilled within the licence area and the seventh and eighth on the Ivar Aasen field.
NPD says that the permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to starting drilling activities.