The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 2/4-23, located in the southern part of the North Sea.
Well 2/4-23 will be drilled from the Mærsk Gallant jack-up drilling rig. Statoil received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway to drill well 2/4-23 with Maersk Gallant in December 2014.
The drilling programme for well 2/4-23 relates to the drilling of an exploration well in production licence 146. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with a 77.8 per cent ownership interest. Total E&P Norge AS is the licensee with 22.2 per cent. Production licence 146 was awarded to Saga Petroleum in 1988 in the 12th licensing round on the Norwegian shelf.
The area in this production licence is located in the southern part of the North Sea and encompasses parts of block 2/4. The well will be drilled about 18 kilometres north of the Ekofisk field. There has been previous drilling activity in the production licence.
The NPD says that the permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling activity starts.