Wintershall gets nod for North Sea wildcat drilling
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Wintershall Norge AS a drilling permit for well 35/12-5 S, in the Norwegian North Sea.
Well 35/12-5 S will be drilled from the Transocean Arctic semi-submersible drilling rig after completing the drilling of wildcat well 6406/2-8 for Wintershall Norge AS in production licence 589.
The drilling programme for well 35/12-5 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 378.
Wintershall Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 45 per cent. The other licensees are Capricorn Norge AS (20 per cent), Explora Petroleum AS (17.5 per cent) and Talisman Energy Norge AS (17.5 per cent). The area in this licence is composed of parts of block 35/12.
The well will be drilled about 80 kilometres southwest of Florø, Norway.
Production licence 378 was awarded on January 6, 2006 (APA 2005). This is the fifth well to be drilled in the licence.
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