Norway's Safety Authority Rejects DNO's Application to Drill in PL305

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has rejected Det Norske Oljeselskap's (DNO) application for consent for exploration drilling using the Bredford Dolphin semisub in production license 305 in the North Sea.

Our decision is based on an assessment of DNO's organization in relation to the requirements stipulated in Section 10 of the Framework Regulations relating to organization and competence.

The assessment is based on the application for consent and other information received from DNO. We find that the operator has not been in possession of the required competence and capacity in their preparations for the upcoming activities.

Nor does DNO have the necessary competence and capacity required to run a prudent drilling operation.

Production License 305 is located south of Heimdal and west of Balder in the Northern part of the North Sea.

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