Drilling permit for Barents Sea wildcat well

Source: press release, 19 December 2019

illustration: NPD
illustration: NPD

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor Energy AS a drilling permit for well 7219/9-3, cf. Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Well 7219/9-3 – a wildcat well in production licence 532 – will be drilled from the Transocean Enabler drilling rig. Equinor Energy AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 50%. The other licensees are Vår Energi AS with 30% and Petoro AS with 20%.

The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 7219/9, 7220/4, 7220/5, 7220/7 and 7220/8. The well will be drilled about 25 kilometres southwest of Johan Castberg FPSO.

Production licence 532 was awarded on 15 May 2009 in the 20th licensing round on the Norwegian shelf. This is the 10th 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.