Statoil granted permit for wildcat well in central North Sea

STAVANGER -- The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 15/6-14 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Well 15/6-14 S will be drilled from the Maersk Integrator drilling facility, at position 58°34’19.36” north and 01°41’48.81” east, just north of the Gina Krog field in the central part of the North Sea.

The drilling program for well 15/6-14 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production license 029 C, but will be drilled on behalf of Gina Krog Unit. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator on Gina Krog with an ownership interest of 58.7%. The other licensees are Total E&P Norge AS (15%), KUFPEC Norway AS (15%), PGNiG Upstream Norway AS (8%) and Aker BP ASA (3.3%).

The area in this license consists of a part of block 15/6. Production license 029 C was awarded on 17 October 2012 after being carved out of PL 029, which was awarded in the second licensing round in 1969. This is the first wildcat well that has been drilled in the license, but three exploration wells have previously been drilled within the license area.

The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activities.

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