NPD Grants Drilling Permit to Det Norske for Wellbore 6306/6-2

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Det norske oljeselskap ASA a drilling permit for wellbore 6306/6-2, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Wellbore 6306/6-2 will be drilled from the Aker Barents semisub at position 63 degrees 41' 04.97" North and 6 degrees 40' 16.2" East. This is the first well to be drilled with the new drilling facility Aker Barents.

The drilling program for wellbore 6306/6-2 relates to the drilling of wildcat wells in production license 321, which is located 83 km northwest of Kristiansund and 65 km east of the Ormen Lange field in the Norwegian Sea.

Det norske oljeselskap is the operator with a 25 percent ownership interest, while the other licensees are StatoilHydro and Talisman, each with a 20 percent stake, and Aker Exploration with a 35 percent stake. The area in this production license consists of parts of blocks 6306/2, 6306/3, 6306/5 and parts of block 6306/6. The license was awarded in the 18th licensing round in 2004. This is the first well to be drilled in the production license.

The permit is conditional on the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling activity commences.