The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted MOL Norge AS a drilling permit for well 2/9-6 S, cf Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 2/9-6 S will be drilled from the Maersk Integrator drilling facility in position 56 21 '35.264 N and 003 53 05.246 E after concluding the drilling of production well 16/1-D-17 for Aker BP ASA on the Ivar Aasen field in production licence 001B. The drilling programme for well 2/9-6 S relates to the drilling of a wildcat well in production licence 617. MOL Norge AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 per cent.
The other licensees are Wintershall DEA Norge AS 30 per cent and OMV (Norge) AS 30 per cent. The area in this licence consists of part of block 2/9. The well will be drilled about 31 kilometres east of the Valhall field.
Production licence 617 was awarded on 3 February 2012 (APA 2011). This is the first exploration well to be drilled in the licence.
The permit is contingent on the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity.