Norske Shell Secures Permit for Ormen Lange Appraisal

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted A/S Norske Shell a drilling permit for wellbore 6305/5-3 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

The drilling program for wellbore 6305/5-3 S relates to the drilling of an appraisal well on the Ormen Lange field on behalf of production licenses 208, 209 and 250 (Ormen Lange Unit). The well will be drilled from the Leiv Eriksson semisub at position 63 degrees 34'53.76" North and 5 degrees 25'07.38" East.

The Ormen Lange field extends over blocks 6305/4, 5 and 6305/7 and 8 in the Norwegian Sea. AS Norske Shell is the operator of the Ormen Lange Unit with a 17.0375 percent ownership interest. The licensees are Petoro AS with 36.475 percent, StatoilHydro Petroleum AS with 28.9169 percent, DONG E&P Norge AS with 10.342 percent and ExxonMobil E&P Norway AS with a 7.2286 percent ownership interest.

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