Aker BP granted drilling permit for two North Sea wells

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Aker BP a drilling permit for two wells located in the North Sea offshore Norway. 

Scarabeo8. Source: Saipem

The directorate said on Wednesday that the wells 24/9-15 S and 24/9-15 A would be drilled from the Scarabeo 8 semi-submersible drilling rig.

The drilling program for wells 24/9-15 S and 24/9-15 A relates to the drilling of a wildcat well and an appraisal well in production license 340.

Aker BP is the operator of the license with an ownership interest of 65 percent, while Vår Energi and Lundin Norway are licensees with ownership interests of 20 percent and 15 percent. Production license 340 was awarded in 2004 (APA 2004).

The area in this production license is located in the central part of the North Sea, and consists of parts of block 24/9, which borders on the UK Shelf. The wells will be drilled southwest of the Volund field. These are the seventh and eighth exploration wells to be drilled in the production license.