NPD Grants Drilling Permit to Maersk

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The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Maersk Oil Norway AS a drilling permit for wellbore 6506/6-2, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Wellbore 6506/6-2 will be drilled from the Transocean Barents (UDW semisub) drilling facility at position 65 degrees 38'18.69" north and 6 degrees 51'55.46" east.

The drilling program for well 6506/6-2 relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production license 513. Maersk Oil Norway AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 50 percent. The other licensee is Dana Petroleum Norway AS (50 percent). The area in this license consists of parts of blocks 6506/6, 6507/1 and 6507/4. The well will be drilled about 19 miles (30 kilometers) west of Skarv.

Production license 513 was awarded Jan. 23, 2009 in APA 2008. This is the first well to be drilled in the license.

The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before commencing drilling activities.

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