The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor Energy AS a drilling permit for well 31/11-1 S, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Well 31/11-1 S will be drilled from the Deepsea Atlantic drilling rig in licence 785 S. Equinor Energy AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 50%. The other licensee is Total E&P Norge AS (50%).
The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 26/2 and 31/11. The well will be drilled 62 kilometres south of the Troll field.
Production licence 785 S was awarded on 6 February 2015 (APA 2014). 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.