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Statoil granted drilling permit for wellbore 6507/3-12 in production licence 159 B

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The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for wellbore 6507/3-12, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Wellbore 6507/3-12 will be drilled from the Deepsea Bergen drilling facility at position 65° 58' 3.93" north and 7° 56' 1.64" east.

The drilling program for wellbore 6507/3-12 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 159 B. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 85%. The other licensee is Dong E&P Norge AS with 15%. The area in this licence consists of a part of block 6507/3. The well will be drilled about 11 km southwest of the Norne field.

Production licence 159 was awarded in licensing round 12 Part B on the Norwegian shelf and production licence 159 B was carved out on 13 August 2004.

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

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