Drilling permit for well 35/12-5 S in production licence 378The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Wintershall Norge AS a drilling permit for well 35/12-5 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Well 35/12-5 S will be drilled from the Trancocean Arctic drilling facility at position 61°13`01.65" north and 03°49`39.29" east, after completing the drilling of wildcat well 6406/2-8 for Wintershall Norge AS in production licence 589.
The drilling programme for well 35/12-5 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 378. Wintershall Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 45 per cent. The other licensees are Capricorn Norge AS (20 per cent), Explora Petroleum AS (17.5 per cent) and Talisman Energy Norge AS (17.5 per cent). The area in this licence is composed of parts of block 35/12. The well will be drilled about 80 kilometres southwest of Florø.
Production licence 378 was awarded on 6 January 2006 (APA 2005). This is the fifth well to be drilled in the licence.
The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.