Aker BP and Neptune Energy Norge granted drilling permits

Source: press releases, 8 January 2020

The ‘West Phoenix’ drilling rig
The ‘West Phoenix’ drilling rig (photo: Seadrill)

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Aker BP ASA a drilling permit for well 25/2-22 S, cf. Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Well 25/2-22 S will be drilled from the Deepsea Nordkapp drilling rig. The drilling programme for well 25/2-22 S relates to the drilling of an appraisal well in production licence 442 in the North Sea. Aker BP ASA is the operator with an ownership interest of 90.26%. The other licensee is LOTOS Exploration and Production Norge AS (9.74%).

The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 25/2 and 25/3. The well will be drilled about 37 kilometres north of the Heimdal field.

Production licence 442 was awarded on 15 June 2007 (APA 2006). This is the 9th exploration 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.

Neptune Energy Norge AS has been granted a drilling permit for well 6507/8-10 S, which will be drilled from the West Phoenix drilling rig after the conclusion of drilling wildcat well 15/3-12 S for Equinor Energy AS in production licence 025.

The drilling programme for well 6507/8-10 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 889. Neptune Energy Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 60%. The other licensees are Equinor Energy AS (20%) and Wellesley Petroleum AS (20%).

The area in this licence consists of a part of block 6507/8. The well will be drilled about 7 kilometres east of the Heidrun field in the Norwegian Sea and 216 kilometres west of Brønnøysund.

Production licence 889 was awarded on 10 February 2017 in APA 2016 on the Norwegian shelf. This is the first 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.