The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well the 6706/12-2, cf. in the Norwegian Sea.
The company will use the Transocean Spitsbergen semi-submersible drilling rig for the operation at the well, informally know as Snefrid Nord, located at the production licence 218.
Statoil is the operator with an ownership interest of 51 per cent. The other licensees are Wintershall Norge AS (24 per cent), OMV Norge AS (15 per cent) and ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS (10 per cent). The area in this licence consists of part of block 6706/12 and part of block 6707/10. The well will be drilled about six kilometres northwest of the Aasta Hansteen field.
The drilling, scheduled to start this month, should take a month to complete.