NPD nods for two wildcats in Norwegian Sea

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The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted drilling permits to Repsol Exploration Norge AS and VNG Norge AS for Norwegian Sea wells. 

Repsol received consent to drill wildcat well 6306/5-2 in production licence 642. The well will be drilled from the Bredford Dolphin semi-submersible drilling rig and the company received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway to use the rig in May this year. It will be drilled about 64 kilometres northeast of the Ormen Lange field and about 34 kilometres south of the 6406/12-3 S (Pil) discovery.

Repsol Exploration Norge AS is the operator of the licence with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The other licensees are OMV Norge AS (20 per cent), Petoro AS (20 per cent) and Tullow Oil Norge AS (20 per cent).

As for VNG Norge, the company got the consent to drill a wildcat well 6406/12-4 S in production licence 586 from the Transocean Arctic drilling rig. VNG gained green light from the PSA to use the rig in May 2015.

The area in this licence consists of part of block 6406/11 and part of block 6406/12. The well will be drilled about 33 kilometres southwest of the Njord field.

VNG Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 30 per cent. The other licensees are Spike Exploration Holding AS (30 per cent), Faroe Petroleum Norge AS (25 per cent) and Rocksource Exploration Norway AS (15 per cent).

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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