The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Spirit Energy Norway AS a drilling permit for well 7321/8-2 S, cf. Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Well 7321/8-2 S will be drilled from the Leiv Eiriksson drilling rig, and the programme relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 719.
Spirit Energy Norway AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 50%. The other licensees are LUKOIL Overseas North Shelf AS (30%) and Aker BP ASA (20%).
The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 7321/8 and 7321/9. The well will be drilled about 60 kilometres west of the 7324/8-1 (Wisting) discovery.
Production licence 719 was awarded on 21 June 2013 (22nd licensing round on the Norwegian Shelf). This is the first 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.