North Sea Drilling Permit Awarded to Wintershall

Published at 01:52PM - 06/07/16

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Wintershall Norge a drilling permit for well 35/11-20 A in North Sea production licence 248 F.

The well will be drilled from the Borgland Dolphin drilling facility after completing the drilling of wildcat well 16/5-6 for Tullow Oil Norge in production licence 776.

“The well will be drilled about 100 kilometres (62.13 miles) southwest of Florø and about 20 kilometres (12.42 miles) northwest of the Fram field,” NPD announced in a statement.

North Sea Drilling Permit Awarded to Wintershall

The drilling programme for the well relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 248 F, which was carved out of production licence 248 on 10 December 2015, NPD informed.

The area in the licence consists of a part of block 35/11 and is the second well to be drilled within the licence area.

Wintershall is the operator with an ownership interest of 40%, while Origo Exploration Norway owns a 20% interest and Petoro the remaining 40%.

“The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before commencing drilling activities,” NPD stated.

Wintershall Operations

Borgland Dolphin is an Aker H-3 type semi-submersible mobile drilling rig, owned by Fred. Olsen Energy and operated by Dolphin Drilling.

Wintershall had received the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority’s approval to use the drilling rig for the 35/11-19 S well offshore Florø in May.

A few weeks later, Wintershall announced it had completed drilling wildcat wells 35/8-6 S and 35/8-6 A, about 5 kilometres northwest of the Vega field in the North Sea and 150 km northwest of Bergen.

The wells were also drilled by Borgland Dolphin, which then moved to production licence 248 F to drill 35/11-19 S.

According to the estimates disclosed at the time, the size of the discovery ranges between 0.2 and 1 million cubic metres of recoverable oil.