Green light for Equinor’s North Sea well

  • Exploration & Production

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor a drilling permit for a wildcat well located in the North Sea offshore Norway. 

The West Hercules drilling rig. (Photo: Equinor/Ole Jørgen Bratland)

The well 30/6-31 S will be drilled from the West Hercules drilling rig after concluding the drilling of wildcat well 31/5-7 for Equinor in production license 001.

Equinor has already gained safety consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to use the West Hercules rig for this well, which has been given the prospect name of Helleneset. Drilling is scheduled to start in early 2020 and is estimated to last at least 31 days.

The drilling program for well 30/6-31 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production license 053. Equinor is the operator with an ownership interest of 49.3 percent. Other licensees are Petoro (33.6 percent), Total E&P Norge (14.7 percent), and ConocoPhillips Scandinavia (2.4 percent).

The area in this license consists of block 30/6. The well will be drilled about 8 kilometers northeast of the Oseberg field center.

Production license 053 was awarded on April 6, 1979, in the 4th licensing round on the Norwegian shelf. This is the 31st exploration well to be drilled in the license.

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