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21/12/2015 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Wintershall Norway AS a drilling permit for wellbore 7224/2-1, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Well 7224/2-1 will be drilled from the Transocean Arctic drilling facility at position 72°46’25.92" north and 24°23’56.33" east following completion of drilling of wildcat well 7130/4-1 for Lundin Norway AS in production licence 708.
The drilling program for well 7224/2-1 concerns the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 611. Wintershall Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The other licensees are Faroe Petroleum Norge AS (40 per cent) and Petoro AS (20 per cent).
The area in this licence is comprised of the blocks 7223/3, 7223/6, 7224/1, 7224/2, 7224/3, 7224/4 and 7224/5. The well is being drilled about 25 kilometres northwest of the discovery 7224/6-1 (Arenaria) and about 240 kilometres north of Hammerfest.
Production licence 611 was awarded on 13 May 2011 (21st licensing round). This is the first well to be drilled in the licence.
The permit is contingent upon the operator having secured all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity.