Suncor Energy gains nod for exploration well in North Sea

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Suncor Energy Norge AS a drilling permit for well 25/10-13 S, in the North Sea.

Well 25/10-13 S will be drilled from the Borgland Dolphin semi-submersible drilling rig in the central North Sea. Suncor recently completed drilling of an appraisal well 34/4-14 S in the North Sea with the Borgland Dolphin rig.

According to the NPD, the drilling programme for well 25/10-13 concerns the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 571. Suncor Energy Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 60 per cent. The others licensee is Statoil Petroleum AS with 40 per cent.

The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 25/7 and 25/10. Production licence 571 was awarded on 4 February 2011 (APA 2010). This is the first exploration well to be drilled in the licence, but exploration wells have previously been drilled within the area covered by this licence.

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