The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted E.ON Ruhrgas Norge AS a drilling permit for wellbore 31/8-1, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Wellbore 31/8-1 will be drilled from the Borgland Dolphin drilling facility after it has completed drilling development well 6507/5-A-1 H on the Skarv field in the Norwegian Sea where BP Norge AS is the operator.
The drilling programme for wellbore 31/8-1 relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 416 in the North Sea. E.ON Ruhrgas Norge AS is operator with a 50 per cent ownership interest. The other licensees are Rocksource ASA (35 per cent) and Det norske oljeselskap ASA (15 per cent). The area in this licence consists of block 31/8. The well will be drilled approx. 15 kilometres southwest of Troll and approx. 30 km southeast of Brage.
Production licence 416 was awarded on 16 February 2007 (APA 2006). This is the first well drilled in the licence.
This permit is contingent opon the operator having secured all other permits and consents required by other authorities before the drilling activity starts.