Total E&P receives drilling permit for central North Sea well

11/21/2013

Total E&P receives drilling permit for central North Sea well

STAVANGER -- The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Total E&P a drilling permit for well 25/5-8, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Well 25/5-8 will be drilled from the Leif Eiriksson drilling facility at position 59°37’05.65” north and 02°23’44.48” east.

The drilling programme for well 25/5-8 relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 102 F. Total E&P is the operator with a 50 % ownership interest. The other licensees are Petoro with 30 %, Centrica Resources with 10 % and Det norske with 10 %.

The area in this licence comprises part of block 25/5 in the central part of the North Sea. Production licence 102 F was awarded on 10 October 2013 (APA 2011). This is the first exploration well to be drilled in the licence, and within the licence area.

The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling activity commences.

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