The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Neptune Energy AS a drilling permit for well 34/4-16 S, in accordance with Section 13 of the Norwegian Resource Management Regulations.
Well 34/4-16 S will be drilled from the Deepsea Yantai drilling rig after concluding drilling development wells on the Gjøa field.
The drilling programme for well 34/4-16 S relates to the drilling of an appraisal well in production licence 882. Neptune Energy AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 45%. The other licensees are Petrolia NOCA AS (20%), Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS (20%), and Concedo AS (15%).
The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 33/6 and 34/4. The well will be drilled about ten kilometres northwest of the Snorre field.
Production licence 882 was awarded on 10 February 2017 (APA 2016). This is the third 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.