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Statoil granted drilling permit

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The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 16/2-22 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Well 16/2-22 S will be drilled from the Deepsea Atlantic drilling facility in position 58°55'33.5" north and 2°24'33.2" east in a northwest extension of the Johan Sverdrup field in the central North Sea.

The drilling programme for well 16/2-22 S concerns the drilling of an appraisal well on Johan Sverdrup in production licence 265. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with 40% and the other licensees are Petoro AS with 30%, Aker BP ASA with 20% and Lundin Norway AS with 10%.

The area in this licence consists of part of block 16/2. The well will be drilled about 2 km northwest of the 16/2-9 S well in the Tonjer West segment on Johan Sverdrup.

Production licence 265 was awarded in on 24 April 2001 (North Sea Awards 2000). This is the 16th exploration well to be drilled in the licence area and the 12th exploration well on or near Johan Sverdrup in licence 265.

The permit is contingent upon the operator having secured all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling starts.

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