Statoil Farms Down Five Licenses in Faroe Islands

Statoil has signed an agreement to farm down in five exploration licenses in the Faroe Islands and two in Norway to the Austrian oil and gas company OMV.

This agreement is a result of the larger OMV transaction, announced in August, where it was agreed to look for cooperation in exploration opportunities.

In the Faroe Islands Statoil has farmed down in licenses L006, L008, L009, L011 and L016.

"This is part of Statoil's active portfolio management. We welcome OMV as a partner in these licenses and look forward to working with them on exploring the oil and gas potential offshore the Faroe Islands. Statoil remains the largest license holder in the Faroe Islands and we are preparing for drilling two wells in 2014," said Runi M. Hansen, country manager for the Faroe Islands and Greenland in Statoil.

In addition, Statoil is farming down 15% interest to OMV in PL359, which contains the Luno II discovery, and PL410 on the Norwegian continental shelf.

“The transaction is part of our high grading of the exploration portfolio on the NCS. Last year we farmed into PL338 containing the Edvard Grieg discovery with 15% based on the same overall approach. We will now have a balanced equity position in this area,” said Gro Haatvedt, senior vice president exploration Norway.

The parties have agreed not to disclose the commercial terms of the agreement.

The transactions are subject to authority approval.

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