Statoil has been granted consent for a wildcat well north of the Gina Krog field in the central North Sea.
The Norwegian operator will drill the well from the Maersk Integrator drilling facility, at position 58°34’19.36” north and 01°41’48.81” east.
Statoil is the operator on Gina Krog with an ownership interest of 58.7%.
The other licensees are Total E&P Norge AS (15%), KUFPEC Norway AS (15%), PGNiG Upstream Norway AS (8%) and Aker BP ASA (3.3%).
The area in this licence was awarded on October 17, 2012, after being carved out of PL 029, which was awarded in the 2nd licensing round in 1969.
This is the first wildcat well that has been drilled in the licence, but three exploration wells have previously been drilled within the licence area.
The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activities.