NPD Okays Total's Exploration Permit for Well 6406/8-2

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has given Total E & P Norge AS a drilling permit for well bore 6406/8-2. The well will be drilled by Diamond Offshore's semisub, Ocean Vanguard.

The drilling program for wellbore 6408/8-2 concerns drilling of an exploration well in Production License 323. Total is operator with 40 percent ownership, while ENI, Shell and Statoil are licensees with 20 percent each.

The acreage in this permit consists of the two blocks 6408/7 and 8, which are located about 45 km northwest of the Njord field in southern part of the Norwegian Sea. Production License 323 was allocated in the 18th round in 2004. This is second well to be drilled in these blocks.

Ocean Vanguard has recently completed a drilling project on the Draugen field for Shell in the southern section of the Norwegian Sea.

The drilling permit is given on the condition that the other permits and consents required by the authorities have been received before the drilling activity is started.

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