The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted ENGIE E&P Norge a drilling permit offshore Norway for the first well to be drilled in licence 636.
ENGIE will drill well 36/7-4 from the Transocean Arctic drilling facility after the facility concludes drilling well 31/7-1 A for Faroe Petroleum Norge in production licence 740.
“This is the first well to be drilled within the licence area. The permit is contingent on the operator securing all permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity”, the NPD statement reads.
Offshore Drilling To Start With Transocean Arctic
The drilling programme is related to a wildcat well in production licence 636, to be drilled approximately 55 kilometres (34.17 miles) southwest of Florø and about 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) northwest of the Gjøa field.
ENGIE is the operator of production licence 636, holding a 30% stake. The other stakeholders include Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS (30%), Wellesley Petroleum AS (20%) and Tullow Oil Norge (20%).
ENGIE Boosts Gas Production From Gjøa
Also this week, ENGIE announced it has increased gas production from its North Sea Gjøa field by 17.5%. The field is now estimated to produce 60 million barrels of oil equivalent more than initially estimated.
“Gjøa was originally designed to export 17 million cubic metres of gas per day. That we are currently producing 20, 17.5% more than estimated, is a great achievement”, ENGIE Head of Operations, Hilde Ådland, said in a company statement.
In total, the field is set to produce 400 million barrels of oil equivalent over its lifetime, she explained further.
“Going from a limited export level of 10.5 MSm³/d due to singing risers in 2010, to the current production level has been an exciting process. We have continually focused on challenging limitations and trying to find solutions, which has yielded good results. Now that we’ve achieved 20 MSm³/day, it is an extra bonus that we’re also experiencing a regularity of 98.3 per cent,” says Ådland.