Drilling permit for North Sea production licence 248 C

Source: press release, 17 June 2020

illustration: NPD
illustration: NPD

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor Energy a drilling permit for wells 35/11-24 S and A, cf. Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Wells 35/11-24 S and A will be drilled from the West Hercules drilling rig after concluding the drilling of wildcat well 30/5-2 for Equinor Energy in production licence 878.

The drilling programme for wells 35/11-24 S and A relates to the drilling of a wildcat well and an appraisal well in production licence 248 C.

Equinor Energy is the operator with an ownership interest of 35%. The other licensees are Petoro (40%) and Wellesley Petroleum (25%).

The area in this licence consists of the southwestern part of block 35/11. The well will be drilled about 7 kilometres west of the Fram field.

Production licence 248 C was carved out from production licence 248 on 9 April 2013. These are the third and fourth 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.