NPD grants drilling permit to Wintershall

Source: press release, 17 October 2018

‘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 Wintershall Norge AS a drilling permit for well 6706/6-2 S, cf. Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Well 6706/6-2 S will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling rig.

The drilling programme for well 6706/6-2 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 847. Wintershall Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 40%. The other licensees are Repsol Norge AS (20%), OMV Norge AS (20%) and Equinor Energy AS (20%).

The area in this licence consists of a part of block 6706/5 and a part of block 6706/6. The well will be drilled about 7 kilometres northwest of the 6706/6-1 (Hvitveis) discovery.

Production licence 847 was awarded on 5 February 2016 in APA 2015. This is the first well to be drilled in the licence.

The permit is contingent on the operator obtaining all other consents and permits required by other authorities before the drilling activity commences.