Neptune Energy picks up drilling permit for Grind well

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Neptune Energy a drilling permit for a well in the Norwegian Sea. 

West Phoenix drilling rig.; Source: Equinor

The well 6507/8-10, named Grind, will be drilled from the West Phoenix semi-submersible drilling rig after completing the drilling of wildcat well 15/3-12 S for Equinor in production license 025.

The drilling program for the well relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production license 889. Neptune Energy is the operator with an ownership interest of 60 percent. Other licensees are Equinor and Wellesley Petroleum, with 20 percent interest each.

The area in this license consists of a part of block 6507/8. The well will be drilled about seven kilometers east of the Heidrun field in the Norwegian Sea and 216 kilometers west of Brønnøysund.

The license was awarded on February 10, 2017, in APA 2016 and this is the first well to be drilled in the license.

The PSA has already given its consent for the use of the West Phoenix rig for the drilling of the Grind well. According to the PSA’s consent, the drilling is scheduled to begin in mid-January 2020 and it is estimated to last for 67 days.

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