The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has issued a drilling permit for wellbore 2/11-11, in the North Sea, to Edison Norge AS.
Wellbore 2/11-11 will be drilled from the Transocean Searcher semi-submersible drilling rig.
According to the NPD, the drilling program for wellbore 2/11-11 applies to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 616.
The area in this production licence is located in the southernmost part of the North Sea and consists of parts of boundary blocks 2/7, 10 and 11. This is the first well to be drilled in the licence and it will be drilled about 8 km south of the Valhall field.
Edison Energy Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 25 per cent. The licensees are Noreco Norway AS with 20%, Concedo ASA with 20%, Skagen 44 AS with 15%, North Energy ASA with 15% and Lime Petroleum Norway AS with 5%. Production licence 616 was awarded in 2012 (APA 2011).
The NPD says that the drilling permit is granted on the condition that all other permits and consents required by other authorities have been secured before the drilling activity starts.