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Statoil granted drilling permit in Norwegian North Sea

Oilfield Technology,

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 7325/1-1, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Well 7325/1-1 will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility at position 73°54'49.50"north and 25°06'59.70"east.

The drilling programme for well 7325/1-1 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 615. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with a 35 per cent ownership interest. The other licensees are ConocoPhillips Scandinavia AS with 25 per cent, OMV (Norge) AS with 20 per cent and Petoro AS with 20 per cent. The area in this licence consists of blocks 7324/1, 2, 3 and 7325/1.

Production licence 615 was awarded on 13 May 2011 in the 21st licensing round on the Norwegian shelf. This is the second well to be drilled in the licence.

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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