The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Lundin Norway AS a drilling permit for well 16/1-23 S, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Well 16/1-23 S will be drilled from the Rowan Viking drilling facility at position 58°49'47.04'' north 02°16'56.00'' east in production licence 338.
The drilling programme for well 16/1-23 S relates to the drilling of an appraisal well in production licence 338. Lundin is the operator with a 50 per cent ownership interest. The other licensees are OMV (Norge) AS with 20 per cent, Statoil Petroleum AS and Wintershall Norge AS, each with 15 per cent.
The area in this licence consists of parts of block 16/1. The well will be drilled to the southeast of the Edvard Grieg field in the central part of the North Sea.
Production licence 338 was awarded on 17 December 2004 (APA 2004). This is the tenth exploration well to be drilled within the area of this licence.
The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity.