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Statoil granted new drilling permit in Norway

24th September 2013

Norwegian firm to drill two wells in the Norwegian Sea

Statoil's Songa Trym drilling facility
The licences are for two wildcat wells in the Norwegian Sea, an area Statoil already has a production licence in.

Norwegian oil firm Statoil Petroleum has been granted a drilling permit by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate for two wells in the Norwegian Sea.

 

The licence for wells 6407-8-6 and 6407-8-6 A will be for the drilling of wildcat wells, wells that have already had oil produced from them, with Statoil using its own Songa Trym drilling facility. Presently, the facility is drilling wildcat wells in wells 6608/10-15 under production licence 128.

 

These will be the seventh and eighth wells to be drilled under the license. Statoil holds the largest stake in the licence, with 35 per cent.

 

The company will also be able to produce from the oil under production licence 348, awarded to the company in December 2004 and sharing it with other energy firms such as GDF Suez, E.ON Norge and VNG Norge.

 

Statoil has been involved in drilling and production projects across Norway, recently awarding a USD 11 m subsea contract to global cable industry expert Nexans to use static umbilicals in a Norwegian Sea project.

 

The company also selected US-based engineering company Foster Wheeler to undertake feasibility studies into upgrading its Mongstad Reginery.