Drilling permit for Wintershall Dea Norge in production licence 894

Source: press release, 26 November 2019

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

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Wintershall Dea Norge AS a drilling permit for well 6604/6-1, cf. Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Well 6604/6-1 will be drilled from the Scarabeo 8 drilling rig after a stay at the shipyard.

The drilling programme for well 6604/6-1 relates to the drilling of wildcat wells in production licence 894. Wintershall Dea Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 40%. The other licensees are Equinor Energy AS (40%) and Petoro AS (20%).

The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 6604/5, 6604/6, 6605/4, 6605/5 and 6605/7. The well will be drilled approx. 56 kilometres south of the Asterix discovery (6705/10-1), 15 kilometres east of the Balderbrå discovery (6604/5-1) and 110 kilometres southwest of the Aasta Hansteen field.

Production licence 894 was awarded on 10 February 2017 (APA 2016). This is the second 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.