Oil & Gas

Statoil makes small discovery in North Sea


Statoil said it has completed drilling of the Tarvos exploration well offshore Norway after making a small discovery. The exploration well 34/8-16 S was drilled on the east flank of the Visund field in the northern part of the North Sea. The well had been drilled by the Songa Trym drilling rig initially but following its completion the rig’s contract had been cancelled.

Oil & Gas

NPD receives applications from more than 43 companies in latest licensing round


The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said it had received applications from 43 countries at the application deadline for awards in predefined areas (APAS) on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The number is around the same time as last year with interest being greatest in the Norwegian Sea as well as the Barents Sea. Sissel Eriksen, director of Exploration at the NPD, said: "We are pleased to see that so many companies have confidence in the APA-areas.

Oil & Gas

Lundin Norway wins drilling permit


Lundin Norway has been granted a drilling permit by the NPD (Norwegian Petroleum Directorate) for a fifth exploration well in production licence 609. The company said well 7220/6-2 will be drilled from the Island Innovator facility.