The Norwegian Drilling Directorate granted Total Norge a drilling permit for a wildcat well in the Martin Linge area.
The well will be drilled by the Mærsk Intrepid rig at position 60°30’22.44″N and 2°0’53.37″E in production licence 040/043. Total E&P Norge is the operator with an ownership interest of 51%, Petoro has a 30% and Statoil owns the remaining 19%.
Production licence PL 040 was awarded in the 3rd licensing round on 1 April 1975, and PL 043 was awarded on 31 Dec. 1975. This is the third exploration well to be drilled within the licence area. A total of 16 wells, including sidetracks, have been drilled in the Martin Linge area.