NPD awards drilling permit to GDF Suez E&P Norge for well 35/9-9

9/9/2013

NPD awards drilling permit to GDF Suez E&P Norge for well 35/9-9

STAVANGER -- The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted GDF Suez E&P Norge AS a drilling permit for well 35/9-9.

Well 35/9-9 will be drilled from the Transocean Barents drilling facility, in position 61°24’12.79” north and 3°56’00.49” east, after it completes the drilling of wildcat well 6406/9-1 for A/S Norske Shell in production licence 255.

The drilling program for well 35/9-9 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 153. GDF Suez E&P Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 30 per cent. The other licensees are Petoro AS (30 per cent), Wintershall Norge AS (15 per cent), A/S Norske Shell (12 per cent), RWE Dea Norge AS (8 per cent) and Statoil Petroleum AS (5 per cent).

The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 35/9 and 36/7. The well will be drilled about eight km north of the Gjøa field.

Production licence 153 was awarded on 8 July 1988 (12th licensing round on the Norwegian shelf). This is the tenth well to be drilled in the licence.

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