The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Total E&P Norge AS a drilling permit for well 25/6-5 S located in the North Sea.
In addition to NPD’s consent, Total E&P also received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway for drilling of wells 25/6-5 S and 25/6-5 A.
According to NPD, the well 25/6-5 S will be drilled from the Leiv Eiriksson semi-submersible drilling rig.
The drilling programme for well 25/6-5 S relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 627.
Total E&P Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The other licensees are Centrica Resources (Norge) AS, Det norske oljeselskap ASA and Faroe Petroleum Norge AS, each with 20 per cent.
The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 25/5, 25/6, 25/8 and 25/9. Production licence 627 was awarded on February 3, 2012 (APA 2011). This is the first exploration well to be drilled in the licence, but exploration wells have been drilled before within the area covered by this licence.
The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to starting drilling activities.