Drilling permit for wells in North Sea production licence 090

Source: press release, 12 April 2021

illustration: NPD
illustration: NPD

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor Energy AS a drilling permit for wells 35/11-25 S and 35/11-25 A, in accordance with Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Wells 35/11-25 S and 35/11-25 A will be drilled from the Deepsea Atlantic drilling rig after completing maintenance work on Gullfaks for Equinor Energy AS in production licence 050.

The drilling programme for wells 35/11-25 S and 35/11-25 A relates to the drilling of wildcat wells in production licence 090. Equinor Energy AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 45%.

The other licensees are Vår Energi AS (25%), Neptune Energy Norge AS (15%) and Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS (15%). The area in this licence consists of part of block 35/11. The wells will be drilled about 10 kilometres west of the Fram field.

Production licence 090 was awarded on 9 March 1984 (the 8th Round). This is the 21st 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.