STAVANGER, Norway – Equinor Energy AS has permission from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate to drill an exploration well in production license 960 in the Barents Sea.
The semisubmersible West Hercules will drill well 7018/5-1 after completing another wildcat well for Equinor in the Norwegian Sea (6407/1-8 S in production license 263D).
This will be the first well drilled on the license, which was awarded in June 2018. The location of the well is about 100 km (62 mi) southwest of the Snøhvit field. The area in the license consists of parts of blocks 7018/4 and 7018/5.
Equinor is the operator with 40% interest. The other licensees are Petoro AS (20%), Lundin Energy Norway AS (20%), and Wintershall Dea Norge AS (20%).