The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for an appraisal well in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
Lundin Norway, a subsidiary of the Swedish oil company, Lundin Petroleum, will use the Bredford Dolphin semi-submersible drilling rig for the operations. The well 16/3-6 is located in the production licence 501.
Lundin operates the licence with of 40 per cent interest.
The other partners in the area are Statoil with 40 per cent and Maersk Oil with 20 per cent.
The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 16/2, 3, 5 and 6 which are located in the central part of the North Sea. The well was drilled east on Johan Sverdrup about 3 kilometres southeast of well 16/2-13 S and 1.9 kilometres northwest of well 16/3-4.
Production licence 501 was awarded on 23 January 2009 (APA 2008). This is the fifteenth well to be drilled within the licence area.
The spud date has not yet been set as the operator still has to secure permits and consents required by other authorities before starting the drilling activity.