The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted a drilling permit to Talisman Energy Norge.
The permit is for well 15/12-24 S, which will be drilled from the Maersk Giant drilling facility, just north east of the Varg field in the central part of the North Sea.
The drilling programme for well 15/12-24 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat in production licence 672, where Talisman Norge AS is the operator.
Other licensees are Ithaca Petroleum Norge AS, Det norske oljeselskap ASA and Fortis Petroleum Norway AS.
The licensees, including the operator, all have an ownership interest of 25 per cent in the licence.
The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 25/12 and 16/10. Production licence 672 was awarded on 8 February 2013 (APA 2012). This is the first exploration well in the licence, but two exploration wells have been drilled previously within the same area.
The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.