The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Neptune Energy Norge AS a drilling permit for wells 34/4-15 S and 34/4-15 A, cf. Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Wells 34/4-15 S and 34/4-15 A will be drilled from the Deepsea Yantai drilling rig after concluding the drilling of production wells on the Duva field.
The drilling programme for wells 34/4-15 S and 34/4-15 A relates to the drilling of wildcat wells in production licence 882. Neptune Energy Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 40%.
The other licensees are Concedo ASA (20%), Petrolia NOCO AS (20%) and Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS (20%). The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 33/6 and 34/4. The wells will be drilled about ten kilometres northwest of the Snorre field.
Production licence 882 was awarded on 10 February 2017 in (APA 2016). These are the first and second exploration wells 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.