Drilling permit for offshore Norway well in production licence 502

Source: press release, 27 May 2019

‘Transocean Spitsbergen’ – a harsh-environment ultra-deepwater dual-activity semisubmersible drilling rig
‘Transocean Spitsbergen’ – a harsh-environment ultra-deepwater dual-activity semisubmersible drilling rig (photo: Transocean)

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor Energy AS a drilling permit for well 16/5-7, cf. Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Well 16/5-7 will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling rig. The drilling programme for 16/5-7 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 502. Equinor Energy AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 44.44%. The other licensees are Petoro AS with 33.33% and Aker BP AS with 22.22%.

The area in this licence consists of a part of block 16/5. The well will be drilled about 3 kilometres west of the southern part of the Johan Sverdrup field.

Production licence 502 was awarded on 23 February 2009 in APA 2008. This is the second exploration well to be drilled in the licence.

The permit is contingent on the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to starting the drilling activity.