The semisubmersibleTransocean Barents drilled well 6406/9-3 in production license 255, 7 km (4.3 mi) southeast of Linnorm.
According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), the well intersected a thin gas column in the Ile formation. It was the fifth drilled on the license since it was awarded in 2000.
The rig will next drill wildcat well 35/9-9 for GDF Suez E&P Norge in PL 153, which comprises parts of blocks 35/9 and 36/7. The location is 8 km (4.9 mi) north of the company’s operatedGjøa field in the North Sea.
Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has approved Repsol Exploration Norge’s plan for exploratory drilling in the southern Norwegian North Sea, using the jackupMærsk Giant. This concerns well 4/4-1 in PL 541. Water depth is 62 m (203 ft).
Total E&P Norge has PSA’s consent to use the semisubmersibleLeiv Eiriksson to drill well 25/5-8 in PL 102C in the central Norwegian North Sea. Drilling is expected to start next week and could last 40 days, depending on whether a discovery results.