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06/09/2013 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted GDF Suez E&P Norge AS a drilling permit for well 35/9-9, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Well 35/9-9 will be drilled from the Transocean Barents drilling facility in position 61°24’12.79” north and 3°56’00.49” east after completing the drilling of wildcat well 6406/9-1 for A/S Norske Shell in production licence 255.

The drilling program for well 35/9-9 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 153. GDF Suez E&P Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 30 per cent. The other licensees are Petoro AS (30 per cent), Wintershall Norge AS (15 per cent), A/S Norske Shell (12 per cent), RWE Dea Norge AS (8 per cent) and Statoil Petroleum AS (5 per cent).

The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 35/9 and 36/7. The well will be drilled about eight kilometres north of the Gjøa field.

Production licence 153 was awarded on 8 July 1988 (12th licensing round on the Norwegian shelf). This is the tenth well to be drilled in the licence.

The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.

Contact in the NPD:
Kristian Runestad, tel. +47 51 87 60 27


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Updated: 06/09/2013