The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Det norske oljeselskap ASA a drilling permit for wellbore 16/1-11, which will be drilled by the Songa Delta semisub. The rig will arrive at the site after completing drilling in production license 476.
The drilling program for wellbore 16/1-11 relates to the drilling of an appraisal well in production licence 001 B. Det norske is the operator with a 35 percent ownership interest. Other licensees are Bayerngas Produksjon Norge AS with 15 percent and Statoil Petroleum AS with a 50 percent ownership interest.
The area in this license consists of the central to northern part of block 16/1, about 20 km northeast of the 15/3-1 S Gudrun discovery in the central part of the North Sea. Production license 001 B was originally awarded in the first licensing round in 1965, and was subsequently carved out in 1999. This is the fourth well to be drilled in the production license.
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