Aker BP has secured a drilling permit from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) for wells 7/11-14 S and A on the Mugnetind prospect in the southern Norwegian North Sea.

The drilling programme for the two wells relates to the drilling of a wildcat well and an appraisal well situated about 13km west of the Ula field.

The two wells, which will be drilled using Mærsk Integrator ultra-harsh environment jack-up rig, represent the first and second exploration wells to be drilled in the production licence 906.

Aker BP operates the production licence 906 with a 60% stake. Other licensees include Longboat Energy Norge (20%) and DNO Norge (20%).

The area in this licence comprises parts of blocks 7/11 and 7/12.

The NPD permit for the two well is subject to securing other permits and consents by the operator prior to commencing the drilling activity.

Recently, the NPD has granted a drilling permit to Ineos E&P Norge for well 6306/3-1 S in production licence 937.

The wildcat well is planned to be drilled using the Borgland Dolphin drilling facility.

Earlier this month, Lundin Energy and its partners secured NPD approval to begin production from the Solveig field phase 1 development in the PL 359 licence in the North Sea.

The first phase of the offshore project aims to unlock estimated recoverable reserves of 9.2 million standard cubic metres of oil equivalent.

The reserves are made up of 44 million barrels per day of oil, 1.44 billion standard cubic metres sales of gas, and 0.42 million tonnes of natural gas liquids.