The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Statoil Petroleum AS a drilling permit for well 6706/12-2, cf. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Well 6706/12-2 will be drilled from the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling facility in position 67°05'08,63' north and 06°52'00,09'east.
The drilling programme for well 6706/12-2 concerns the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 218. Statoil is the operator with an ownership interest of 51 per cent. The other licensees are Wintershall Norge AS (24 per cent), OMV Norge AS (15 per cent) and ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS (10 per cent).
The area in this licence consists of part of block 6706/12 and part of block 6707/10. The well will be drilled about six kilometres northwest of the Aasta Hansteen field.
Production licence 218 was awarded on 2 February 15 1996 (the 15th licensing round on the Norwegian shelf). This is the fifth well 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.