Drilling permit for well in North Sea production licence 089

Source: press release, 13 March 2020

illustration: NPD
illustration: NPD

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor Energy AS a drilling permit for wellbore 34/7-E-4 AH, cf. Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Well 34/7-E-4 AH – a wildcat well in production licence 089 – will be drilled from the Transocean Norge drilling rig.

Equinor Energy AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 41.5%. The other licensees are Petoro AS (30%), Vår Energi AS (16.1%), Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS (9.6%) and Wintershall Dea Norge AS (2.8%).

The area in this licence consists of parts of block 34/7. The well will be drilled just southwest of the Snorre field.

Production licence 089 was awarded on 9 March 1984 (8th licensing round on the Norwegian shelf). This well is the 41st exploration well to be drilled in the licence.

The permit is conditional on the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to starting the drilling activity.