Equinor cleared to drill wildcat well in North Sea

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has given Equinor a drilling permit related to the drilling of a wildcat well in the North Sea off Norway. 

Transocean Norge, formerly known as West Rigel; Source: Equinor

The NPD said on Friday that the 34/7-E-4 AH wellbore would be drilled from the Transocean Norge drilling rig.

The drilling program for wellbore relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production license 089 where Equinor is the operator with an ownership interest of 41.5 percent.

Other licensees are Petoro, Vår Energi, Idemitsu Petroleum, and Wintershall Dea with 30, 16.1, 9.6, and 2.8 percent stakes respectively.

The area in this license consists of parts of block 34/7. The well will be drilled just southwest of the Snorre field.

Production license 089 was awarded on March 9, 1984, in the 8th licensing round on the Norwegian shelf. This well is the 41st exploration well to be drilled in the license.

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