Tullow gains NPD nod for Zumba wildcat

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Tullow Oil Norge AS a drilling permit for well 6507/11-11 in a prospect named Zumba located in the Norwegian Sea.

The company recently received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway for drilling well 6507/11-11 with the Leiv Eiriksson drilling rig.

The drilling programme for well 6507/11-11 concerns the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 591. Tullow Oil Norge AS is the operator with an ownership share of 80 per cent. The other licensees are North Energy ASA (15 per cent) and Lime Petroleum Norway AS (5 per cent). The area in this licence consists of part of block 6507/8, part of block 6507/9 and part of block 6507/11. The well will be drilled about 14 kilometres southeast of the Heidrun field and about 220 kilometres west of the Njord field.

Production licence 591 was awarded on February 4, 2011 (APA 2010). This is the first well to be drilled in the licence.

According to the NPD, the permit is contingent upon the operator having secured all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling starts.

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