The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Aker BP a drilling permit for well 25/2-18 B located in production license 442, offshore Norway.
According to the NPD, the well will be drilled using Maersk Drilling’s Maersk Interceptor jack-up drilling rig in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
“The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities,” the NPD informed in a statement.
Aker BP Gets License to Drill Offshore Norway
The drilling programme for the well relates to the drilling of an appraisal well operated by Aker BP, with an ownership interest of 90%, where LOTOS Exploration and Production Norge holds a 10% interest.
The area of the production license is made up of parts of block 25/2 and block 25/3; it constitutes the third well to be drilled in the license.
The Maersk Interceptor jack-up drilling rig
According to preliminary estimates by Aker BP, production licence 442 as a whole could hold between 60 and 190 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe).
The licence, named Gamma/Delta, includes wells 25/2-18 S and 25/2-17.
Maersk Interceptor Continues to Drill Offshore Norway
The Maersk Interceptor is Maersk Drilling’s second of a series of four ultra-harsh environment jack-up rigs that entered the company’s fleet in 2014.
The rig delivered by the Keppel FELS Shipyard was built in 2013 to work at a water depth of 150 metres (492 feet) and is capable of accommodating 150 people.
The whole series represents a set of the world’s largest jack-up rigs, with a leg length of 678.4 feet, designed for year-round operation in the North Sea.
The Maersk Interceptor started operating under a five-year contract with Det norske to drill the Ivar Aasen field in the Norwegian North Sea, valued at approximately US$700 million (£570.59 million).