The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted RWE Dea Norge AS a drilling permit for the well 35/9-12 S, in the North Sea, offshore Norway.
The wildcat well, located in the production licence 420, will be drilled using the Leiv Eiriksson semi-submersible drilling rig, after completing the drilling of wildcat wells 34/6-3 S and 34/6-3 A for Total E&P Norge AS in production licence 554.
RWE Dea Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 30 per cent. The other licensees are Statoil Petroleum AS (40 per cent) and Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS (30 per cent). The area in this licence consists of part of block 35/9. The well will be drilled about 80 kilometres southwest of Florø.
Production licence 420 was awarded on 16 February 2007 (APA 2006). This is the fourth well to be drilled in the licence.