The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor Energy AS a drilling permit for well 6407/1-9, in accordance with Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Well 6407/1-9 will be drilled from the West Hercules drilling rig and relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 939. Equinor Energy AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 70%.
The other licensee is PGNiG Upstream Norway AS (30%). The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 6406/3 and 6407/1.
The well will be drilled about 2 kilometres northeast of the 6407/1-5 S Maria appraisal well and about 7 kilometres northwest of 6407/1-6 S Rodriguez.
Production licence 939 was awarded on 2 March 2018 (APA 2017). 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.