Drilling permit for North Sea well 2/1-17 S in PL 019 C

Source: press release, 1 August 2019

‘Maersk Interceptor’ is an ultra-harsh environment jack-up rig designed for year-round operation in the North Sea
‘Maersk Interceptor’ is an ultra-harsh environment jack-up rig designed for year-round operation in the North Sea (photo: Maersk Drilling)

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Aker BP ASA a drilling permit for well 2/1-17 S, in accordance with Section 15 of the Norwegian Resource Management regulations.

Well 2/1-17 S, which relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 019 C, will be drilled from the Maersk Interceptor drilling rig. Aker BP ASA is the operator with an ownership interest of 80%.

The other licensee is MOL Norge AS (20%). The area in this licence consists of parts of block 2/1. The well will be drilled about ten kilometres southeast of the Gyda field.

Production licence 019 C was awarded on 14 September 1998. This is the first 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 commencing the drilling activity.