OSLO, Norway – Three operators have received clearance for exploration wells in various sectors offshore Norway.
Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has approved Statoil’s request to use the semisub Aker Barents for well 7720/7-1 in production license 532 in the Barents Sea.
The location is 200 km (124 mi) offshore Ingøya in Finnmark region, with a water depth at the site of 367 m (1,204 ft).
Drilling should start during the first half of December 2011 and last around 57 days.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted E.On Ruhrgas Norge a permit for well 6507/6-4-A in PL 350 in the Norwegian Sea.
This will be drilled by the semisub Borgland Dolphin after the rig has completed wildcat well 6507/6-4-S in the same license 350, which takes in parts of block 6507/6.
The well will be drilled around 10 km (6.2 mi) east of the BP-operated Skarv field and 39 km (24 mi) northeast of the Statoil-operated Heidrun field.
NPD has also cleared Lundin Norway to drill delineation well 16/5-2 in North Sea license PL 501, using the Bredford Dolphin.
The area in this license comprises parts of blocks 16/2, 3, 5 and 6. The well in question was drilled in the central Norwegian North Sea, about 9 km (5.6 mi) south of the Avaldsnes oil discovery well 16/2-6, and 4 km (2.5 mi) southwest of the nearest delineation well 16/2-7.