Oil and gas firm Engie (Norge) has been given the go ahead by the Norwegian authorities to drill a wildcat well in the Norwegian Sea.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted the French energy firm a drilling permit for well 36/7-4, approximately 55km southwest of Florø and about 10km northwest of the Gjøa field.
Drilling rig Transocean Arctic will carry out the process after it drills wildcat well 31/7-1 A for Faroe Petroleum in production licence 740.
Engie is the operator with an ownership interest of 30%. The other licensees are Idemitsu Petroleum (30%), Wellesley Petroleum (20%) and Tullow Oil (20%).
The area in this licence consists of a part of block 36/7.
Production licence 636 was awarded on 3 February 2012. This is the first well to be drilled within the licence area.
The permit is contingent on the operator securing all permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity.