The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for wellbore 6407/8-7, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Wellbore 6407/8-7 will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility in position 64° 23' 4.06'' north and 7° 33' 42.8'' east.
The drilling programme for wellbore 6407/8-7 concerns the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 348 C. Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 35 per cent. The other licensees are GDF SUEZ E&P Norge AS (20 per cent), E.ON E&P Norway AS (17.5 per cent), Core Energy AS (17.5 per cent), Faroe Petroleum Norway AS (7.5 per cent) and VNG Norge AS (2.5 per cent). The area in this licence consists of part of block 6407/8. The well will be drilled about 4.5 kilometres north of the Hyme field and about 22 kilometres northeast of the Njord field.
Production licence 348 C was awarded on 13 February 2015. 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 before the drilling starts.