Photo: West Hercules rig; Source: Equinor

Equinor preparing for wildcat well off Norway

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has issued a drilling permit to Equinor for a wildcat well in the Norwegian Sea.

The well 6407/9-13 will be drilled from the West Hercules semi-submersible drilling rig, the NPD said on Friday.

The drilling programme for well 6407/9-13 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 1060. Equinor Energy is the operator of the licence with an ownership interest of 31 per cent and other licensees are OKEA (40 per cent), Chryasor Norge (20 per cent), and Longboat Energy Norge (9 per cent).

The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 6407/8 and 6407/9. The well will be drilled about 11 kilometres northwest of the Draugen field.

Production licence 1060 was awarded on 14 February 2020 (APA 2019) and this is the first exploration well to be drilled in this licence.