The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Equinor Energy AS a drilling permit for well 7335/3-1, cf. Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations.


Image: Equinor secures drilling permit for well 7335/3-1 in production licence 859. Photo: courtesy of Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

Well 7335/3-1 will be drilled from the West Hercules drilling facility in position 73°59’49.86″N and 35°50’13.73″E.

The drilling programme for well 7335/3-1 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 859. Equinor Energy AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 30 per cent. The other licensees are DNO Norge AS (20 per cent), Petoro (20 per cent), Lundin Norway AS (15 per cent) and ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS (15 per cent).

The area in this licence consists of blocks 7434/7, 8 and 9, 7435/9, 10, 11 and 12, 7335/1, 2 and 3, 7336/1 and 7436/10. The well will be drilled about 435 kilometres north-northeast of Vardø.

Production licence 859 was awarded on 10 June 2016 (23rd licensing round on the Norwegian Shelf). This is the second well to be drilled in the licence.
The permit is contingent on the operator securing all other consents and permits required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity.

Source: Company Press Release