The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Wellesley Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 6204/11-3, in accordance with Resource Management Regulations.
Well 6204/11-3 will be drilled from the Borgland Dolphin drilling rig, which is currently at the shipyard in Kvinesdal.
The drilling programme for well 6204/11-3 relates to the drilling of wildcat wells in production licence 829. Wellesley Petroleum AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 60%. The other licensees are Equinor Energy AS (20%) and Petoro AS (20%).
The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 6204/7, 8, 10 and 11. The well will be drilled about 65 kilometres north-northeast of the Peon discovery and about 100 km southwest of Ålesund.
Production licence 829 was awarded on 5 February 2016 (APA2015). 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.