The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Neptune Energy AS a drilling permit for well 34/4-16 S, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations. Well 34/4-16 S will be drilled from the Deepsea Yantai drilling facility in position 61°33'42.58"N and 02°02'10.59"A after drilling development wells on the Gjoa field. The drilling programme for well 34/4-16 S relates to the drilling of an appraisal well in production licence 882. Neptune Energy AS is the operator with an ownership interest of 45 per cent. The other licensees are Petrolia NOCA AS (20 per cent), Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS (20 per cent), and Concedo AS (15 per cent).
The area in this licence consists of parts of blocks 33/6 and 34/4. The well will be drilled about ten kilometres northwest of the Snorre field.
Production licence 882 was awarded on 10 February 2017 (APA 2016). This is the third 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.