Statoil has secured a permit from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate to drill well 6407/7-9 S, 5km north of the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea.  

The company plans to drill the well using the Songa Delta drilling facility at position 64°18’59.30’’ north and 07°09’24.30’’ east.

The programme relates to drilling of an exploration well in production licence PL 107 C, which was awarded on 23 January 2009 in APA 2008.

Statoil is operator of the licence with an ownership interest of 20%, while other partners are Engie E&P Norge (40%), DEA Norge (30%), Faroe Petroleum Norge (7.5%) and VNG Norge (2.5%).

The area in PL 107 C comprises 20.97km² of block 6407/7. This is the first exploration well to be drilled within the licence.

"The area in PL 107 C comprises 20.97km² of block 6407/7."

Before commencing drilling activities, Statoil needs to secure all other permits and consents needed by other authorities.

The Njord field was developed with a floating steel platform Njord A, which has an integrated deck with drilling and processing facilities, as well as living quarters.

Oil during the first phase of the field’s lifetime was recovered using 11 production wells, while four injection wells sent the gas back down into the reservoir to provide pressure support.

Gas from Njord is exported through a 40km pipeline tied back to the Åsgard Transport pipeline.

Image: Well 6407/7-9 S is located 5km from the Norwegian Sea's Njord field. Photo: courtesy of Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.