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Norwegian Petroleum Directorate grants Statoil drilling permit Barents Sea well

Oilfield Technology,

Statoil Petroleum AS has been granted a drilling permit for well 7227/10-1, by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

Well 7227/10-1 will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility at position 72°09’ 48.72" north and 70° 14´ 18.14" east.

Barents sea licence

The drilling programme for well 7227/10-1 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 230. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with a 35% ownership interest and the licensees are Spike Exploration Holding AS with 30%, Explora Petroleum AS with 20% and GDF SUEZ E&P Norge AS with 15%. 

The production licence consists of parts of blocks 7227/8, 7227/9 and 7227/10. The licence was awarded in the Barents Sea project in 1997.

Wildcat well 7227/10-1 will be the first exploration well in production licence 230.

The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity.

Adapted from press release by Cecilia Rehn

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