The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for wells 15/6-13 A and B, in the North Sea.
According to the NPD, the wells 25/6-13 A and B will be drilled from the Songa Trym drilling rig near the Gina Krog field in the central part of the North Sea.
The drilling programme for well 15/6-13 A and B relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 029 B. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 50 per cent. The other licensees are Total E&P Norge AS and Det norske oljeselskap ASA with 30 and 20 per cent each, respectively.
The area in this licence consists of a part of block 15/6. Production licence 029 B was awarded on May 11, 2001 after being carved out of 029, which was awarded in the 2nd licensing round in 1969. The NPD says that these are the third and fourth exploration wells to be drilled in the licence, but wildcat wells have been drilled before within the area this licence covers.