Offshore Norway drilling permit in production licence 255 B

Source: press release, 28 November 2018

Sixth-generation semi-submersible rig ‘Scarabeo 8’
Sixth-generation semi-submersible rig ‘Scarabeo 8’ (photo: Saipem)

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Total E&P Norge AS a drilling permit for well 6406/6-6 A, as per Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Well 6406/6-6 A will be drilled from the Scarabeo 8 drilling facility after completing the drilling of wildcat well 6406/6-6 S for Total E&P Norge AS in production licence 255 B.

The drilling programme for well 6406/6-6 A relates to the drilling of appraisal wells in production licence 255 B. Total is the operator with an ownership interest of 40%. The other licensees are Equinor Energy AS (30%) and Petoro AS (30%).

The area in this licence consists of a part of block 6406/5 and a part of block 6406/6. The well will be drilled about 12 kilometres north of the Linnorm gas and condensate discovery and 270 kilometres southwest of Brønnøysund and there it will explore the reservoir in Jurassic deposits proven in wildcat well 6406/6-6 S.

Production licence 255 B was awarded on 19 May 2016 in the 16th licensing round on the Norwegian Shelf. This is the third well to be drilled in the licence.

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