The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor ASA a drilling permit for well 6507/3-14, in accordance with Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Well 6507/3-14 will be drilled from the West Hercules drilling rig and relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 159 B. Equinor ASA is the operator with an ownership interest of 53%.
The other licensees are DNO Norge AS (32%) and INEOS E&P Norge AS (15%).
The area in this licence consists of parts of block 6507/3. The well will be drilled about 15 kilometres west of the Norne field.
Production licence 159 B was awarded on 13 August 2004. This is the fifth 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.