MOL gains drilling permit for North Sea well

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted MOL Norge, a Norwegian unit of the Hungarian oil company MOL, a drilling permit for well 25/8-19 S in the North Sea offshore Norway.  

Deepsea Bergen; Source: CCB

The NPD said on Monday that the well, which was given the name of Evra/Iving, would be drilled from the Deepsea Bergen drilling rig.

The drilling program for the well relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production license 820 S. MOL Norge is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 percent. According to the NPD, this is the first well to be drilled in the license.

Other licensees are Lundin Norway, Wintershall Norge, and Pandion Energy with 30, 20, and 10 percent interest, respectively.

The area in this license consists of parts of blocks 25/7 and 25/8. The well will be drilled about six kilometers northwest of Ringhorne and 210 kilometers northwest of Stavanger.

Production license 820 S was awarded on February 5, 2016, in APA 2015 on the Norwegian shelf.

To remind, MOL has already received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to use the Deepsea Bergen rig for the drilling of the 25/8-19 S well. The consent was given to the Hungarian operator in mid-September.

According to the consent from the PSA, the drilling operations were scheduled to begin on September 25 and expected to last 44 days.

As for the rig, Deepsea Bergen is a semi-submersible mobile drilling rig of the Aker H-3.2 type, built at Aker Verdal in 1983. It is owned and operated by Odfjell Drilling. The rig is classified by DNV GL and is registered in Norway.

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