The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Tullow Oil Norge and Total E&P a drilling permit for two separate offshore wildcats.
According to NPD, Tullow Oil will drill wellbore 16/5-6 using the Borgland Dolphin drilling facility in production license 776, while Total drill well 30/4-3 S using the Maersk Intrepid rig in production license 040/043.
“The level of exploration activity must remain high if undiscovered resources are to help maintain production from around 2025”, NPD had stated in a report earlier this week.
Drilling Starts Offshore With Total And Tullow Oil
Tullow Oil operates the license with an ownership interest of 40%. The licensees are Concedo ASA with 20%, Wintershall Norge with 20% and Petoro with 20%.
Production licence 776 was awarded in 2015 and is located in the central part of the North Sea, consisting of parts of blocks 16/5, 6, 8 and 9.
The well will be drilled about 30 km south of the Johan Sverdrup field and is the first well to be drilled within the production license area.
The second wildcat well is operated by Total, with an ownership interest of 51%, while Petoro holds 30% and Statoil Petroleum a further 19%. The area in this licence is of a part of block 30/4.
Production licence PL 040 was awarded in the third licensing round on 1 April 1975, and PL 043 was awarded on 31 December 1975. This is the third exploration well to be drilled within the licence area.
The drilling permits are contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.
Production Goes Down In Norway
A total of 16 wells, including sidetracks, have been drilled in the Martin Linge area.
Meanwhile, NPD has released preliminary production figures showing an average daily production of approximately 2.01 million barrels of oil, natural gas liquids and condensate for the month of March.
The production is 51,000 barrels per day less than the figures reported for February.