NPD grants drilling permit for well in production licence 615

Source: press release, 18 September 2018

The ‘West Hercules’ drilling rig in the Barents Sea (photo: Equinor/Ole Jørgen Bratland)
The ‘West Hercules’ drilling rig in the Barents Sea (photo: Equinor/Ole Jørgen Bratland)

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor Energy AS a drilling permit for well 7324/3-1, cf. Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Well 7324/3-1, will be drilled from the West Hercules drilling rig.

The drilling programme for well 7324/3-1 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 615. Equinor Energy AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 55%. The other licensees are OMV (Norge) AS (25%) and Petoro AS (20%).

The area in this licence consists parts of blocks 7324/1, 7324/2, 7324/3 and 7325/1. The well will be drilled about 13 kilometres west of the 7325/1-1 gas discovery, Atlantis, and about 30 km northwest of the 7325/4-1 oil/gas discovery, Gemini Nord, and will test the Intrepid Eagle prospect.

Production licence 615 was awarded on 13 May 2011 in the 21st licensing round on the Norwegian shelf. Well 7324/3-1 is the third 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.