NPD: Exploration on NCS Remains 'Vigorous'

Exploration activity on the Norwegian Continental Shelf remains vigorous, with 13 new discoveries being made this year, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate reported late Monday.

The NPC said that eight exploration wells are currently being drilled and that, as of June 24, 33 exploration wells have been spud this year. During the first six months of 2013, 28 exploration wells were spud.

Of the 33 wells spud so far this year, 23 were wildcat wells while 10 were appraisal wells.

Exploration in the North Sea was down compared to other years, but Statoil still managed to make six discoveries and France's Total made one. The Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea both saw three discoveries each.

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