Drilling permit for North Sea in production licence 554

Source: press release, 11 February 2021

illustration: NPD
illustration: NPD

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor Energy AS a drilling permit for well 34/6-5 S, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Well 34/6-5 S will be drilled from the West Hercules drilling rig after concluding the drilling of wildcat well 31/2-22 S with optional sidetrack-appraisal in production licence 090.

The drilling programme for well 34/6-5 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 554. Equinor Energy AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 40%. The other licensees are Aker BP ASA (30%) and Vår Energi AS (30%).

The area in this licence consists of part of block 34/6. The well will be drilled about 25 kilometres east of the Snorre field and 1.5 kilometres northwest of the 34/6-2 S Garantiana discovery well.

Production licence 554 was awarded on 19 February 2010 (APA 2009). This is the sixth 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.