The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Total E&P Norge AS a drilling permit for wellbore 34/6-3 S f. Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Wellbore 34/6-3 S will be drilled from the Leiv Eiriksson semi-submersible drilling rig after completing drilling of well 35/9-11 A for RWE Dea Norge AS in production licence 420.
The drilling programme for wellbore 34/6-3 S relates to drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 554. Total E&P Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent. The other licensees are Spike Petroleum, Det Norske and Svenska Petroleum, all with 20 per cent each. The area in this licence consists of part of block 34/6. The well will be drilled about 110 kilometres west of Florø.
Production licence 554 was awarded on 19 February 2011 in APA 2010 on the Norwegian shelf. This is the third well to be drilled in the licence.
The permit is contingent upon the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities before commencing drilling activities.