The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) announced it has granted a drilling permit to the oil major Statoil, for an exploration well located offshore Norway.
The 6407/7-9 S well will be drilled using the Songa Delta drilling facility, owned by Songa Offshore.
“Production licence 107 C was awarded on 23 January 2009 in APA 2008. This is the first exploration well to be drilled within the licence,” NPD informed in a statement.
Statoil Gets North Sea Drilling Approval
The drilling programme for the exploration well located in the Norwegian North Sea relates to drilling of an exploration well in production licence PL 107 C.
The licence is operated by Statoil Petroleum, with an ownership interest of 20%. Other licensees include Engie E&P Norge, with a 40% interest, DEA Norge with 30%, Faroe Petroleum Norge with 7.5% and VNG Norge with a further 2.5%.
The area in this licence consists of 20.97 square kilometres (8.09 square miles) of block 6407/7.
The exploration well will be drilled about five kilometres (3.1 miles) north of the Njord field, NPD said.
Additionally, the drilling permit is contingent upon Statoil securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.
Drilling Rig Decides Songa Offshore Future
The drilling rig used for this exploration well was claimed to be decisive for the company’s future earlier this month.
Songa Offshore announced that more than 300 jobs could be at risk if the company’s Songa Dee and Songa Delta rigs fail to win any new contracts this year.
Both of the rigs are coming to the end of their contracts with the Norwegian company, in mid-September and mid-November, with each of the rigs employing around 160 people.
Songa Offshore had already announced that approximately 200 jobs would go from its onshore operations this year.
Statoil had announced in June that it would suspend the Songa Delta contract after drilling Slemmestad in the North Sea, until August.