NPD Gives OK to Eni to Drill 7122/7-3 Well in the Barents Sea

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Eni Norge AS drilling permission for well path 7122/7-3 per Section 8 of the Resource Regulations.

The well, 7122/7-3, will be drilled from the Eirik Raude.

The drilling permit concerns the drilling of one exploration well in Production License 229. Det Norske Oljeselskap (15%) and Statoil ASA (20%) are partners. The permit encompasses Blocks 7122/7, 7122/8, the northern half of Blocks 7122/9 and 7123/7, plus a small area in the north of Block 7122/10.

Production License 229 was awarded in connection with the Barents Sea project May 30, 1997. Two wells have been drilled previously in the Production License. Exploration well 7122/7-1, which was drilled in 2000, proved the Goliat discovery. Appraisal well 7122/7-2 was drilled in 2001.

Both wells tested closures in the Jurassic and Upper Triassic levels, and oil was found in both wells.

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