Drilling permit for well in Barents Sea production licence 960

Source: press release, 23 October 2020

illustration: NPD
illustration: NPD

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor Energy AS a drilling permit for well 7018/5-1, cf. Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Well 7018/5-1 will be drilled from the West Hercules drilling rig after concluding the drilling of wildcat well 6407/1-8 S for Equinor Energy AS in production licence 263D.

The drilling programme for well 7018/5-1 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 960. Equinor Energy AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 40%. The other licensees are Petoro AS (20%), Lundin Energy Norway AS (20%) and Wintershall Dea Norge AS (20%).

The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 7018/4 and 7018/5. The well will be drilled about 100 kilometres southwest of the Snøhvit field.

Production licence 960 was awarded on 22 June 2018 (24th licensing round on the Norwegian shelf). This is the first 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.