The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 6706/12-3, in the Norwegian Sea.
Well 6706/12-3 will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling rig after completing the drilling of wildcat well 6706/12- 2 for Statoil Petroleum AS in production licence 218.
The drilling programme for well 6706/12-3 relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 602.
Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 30 per cent. The other licensees are Centrica Resources AS (20 per cent), Petoro AS (20 per cent), Rocksources Exploration Norway AS (10 per cent), Wintershall Norge AS (10 per cent) and Atlantic Petroleum Norge (10 per cent).
The area in this licence consists of a part of block 6706/10, block 6706/11 and a part of block 6706/12. The well will be drilled about 16 kilometres west of Aasta Hansteen (the Haklang field).
Production licence 602 was awarded on May 13, 2011 in the 21st licensing round on the Norwegian shelf. This was the first well to be drilled in the licence.
According to the NPD, the permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to starting drilling activities.