Norway: OMV cleared for Barents Sea drilling

  • Exploration & Production

The Norwegian authorities have granted OMV, an integrated oil and gas company, their consent for drilling in the Barents Sea, offshore Norway. 

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) granted a drilling permit to OMV for the well 7324/7-3 S located in the Barents Sea.

In addition, OMV received consent for exploration drilling from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to drill well 7324/7-3 S and well 7324/8-3 with the Transocean Spitsbergen semi-submersible drilling rig.

Both wells are located in production license 537. The field is around 166 nautical miles north of Hammerfest and 250 nautical miles north-east of Tromsø.

The production license consists of blocks 7324/7 and 7324/8 and, according to the NPD, the well 7324/7-3 S will be the fifth exploration well in the license.

OMV is the operator with 25% interest and other license-holders are Idemitsu Petroleum with 20%, Petoro with 20 %, Tullow Oil with 20% and Statoil Petroleum with 15%.

OMV has 15 licenses in the North Sea, 10 in the Norwegian Sea and 8 licenses in the Barents Sea and is the operator of nine of these licenses.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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