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March 12, 2021

Norway’s PSA grants exploration drilling consent to Equinor in North Sea

Equinor has secured consent from Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to drill exploration well 30/11-U-2 on the Askja field in the North Sea.

By Umesh Ellichipuram

Equinor has secured consent from Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to drill exploration well 30/11-U-2 on the Askja field in the North Sea.

PSA said that the drilling aims to study whether there is shallow gas in the area. Subject to determining the presence of the gas, unmanned wellhead facilities are planned to be installed, in connection with the development of Krafla and Askja fields.

Additionally, PSA has issued consent to Equinor to drill exploration well 30/11-U-1 on the Krafla field located in the North Sea.

The drilling is intended to investigate the presence of shallow gas in the area. If successful, unmanned wellhead facilities are planned to be deployed in connection with the development of Krafla and Askja fields.

Located in production licence 035 og 272, the two exploration wells 30/11-U-1 and 30/11-U-2 will be drilled using the West Hercules ultra-deepwater semi-submersible drilling rig.

Owned by Seadrill, the West Hercules rig is designed to operate both in harsh and benign environments at the sea.

Recently, Equinor and its partners have made an oil discovery near the Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea through the drilling of wildcat well 7220/7-4 on the Isflak exploration prospect.

The exploration well was spudded in production licence 532 (PL532), nearly 10km south-west from the well 7220/8-1 on the Johan Castberg field.

It is located around 10km south-west of the Skrugard discovery, and approximately 210km north-west of Hammerfest in Norway.

Equinor Energy is the operator of PL 532 with a stake of 50%. Petoro holds a 20% stake while Vår Energi, a joint venture of Eni and HitecVision owns the remaining 30% stake in the offshore licence.

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