Lundin gains permit for Barents Sea wildcat drilling

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 7220/6-2 in the Barents Sea. 

Well 7220/6-2 will be drilled from the Island Innovator semi-submersible drilling rig.

The drilling programme for well 7220/6-2 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 609. Lundin Norway AS is the operator with a 40 per cent ownership interest, and the licensees are Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS with 30 per cent and RWE Dea Norge AS with 30 per cent.

The production licence consists of the blocks/part of blocks 7220/6, 7220/9, 7220/11, 7220/12 and 7221/4. The production licence was awarded in the 21st licensing round in 2011.

Wildcat well 7220/6-2 will be the fifth exploration well in production licence 609.

According to the NPD, this permit is contingent upon the operator having secured all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling starts.

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