NPD Grants Statoil a Drilling Permit in Norwegian North Sea

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate on Friday granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for wellbore 34/7-35 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Wellbore 34/7-35 S will be drilled from the Ocean Vanguard drilling rig at position 61°18’3.71”N and 2°12’18.88”E in Norwegian part of the North Sea, after completing drilling of wildcat well 15/5-A7H for Statoil Petroleum AS in production licence 048B.

The drilling programme for wellbore 34/7-35 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 552. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 54 per cent. The other licensees are Petoro AS (30 per cent), Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS (12.4 per cent) and RWE Dea Norge AS (3.6 per cent). The area in this licence consists of block 34/7. The well will be drilled about 10 kilometres north of the Gullfaks field.

Production licence 552 was awarded on 19 February 2010 in APA 2009. This is the first well to be drilled in the licence.

The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before commencing the drilling activity.

Offshore Energy Today Staff, May 7, 2012

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