Wintershall has been awarded a new drilling permit by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.
Well 35/12-5 S will be drilled from the Transocean Arctic drilling facility after completing the drilling of wildcat well 6406/2-8 in production licence 589.
The company is the operator with an ownership interest of 45% while the other licensees are Capricorn Norge AS with 20%, Explora Petroleum with 17.5% and Talisman Energy Norge with 17.5%.
The well will be drilled about 80kilometres southwest of Floro.
Production licence 378 was awarded in 2008 and is the fifth well to be drilled in the licence.
The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing drilling activities.