OMV (Norge) has received a drilling permit from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) for well 6506/11-10 within production licence 644 B, which is located in the Norwegian Sea.
The permit was provided under Section 8 of the Resource Management Regulations.
The area in the licence also includes a part of block 6506/11-10. The well will be the first of its kind to be drilled within the licence.
OMV (Norge) is acting as the operator of the well with an ownership interest of 30%.
The other stakeholders are Statoil, Faroe Petroleum and Centrica with 30%, 20% and 20% interests respectively.
The well will be drilled roughly 21km north of the Kristin field from the Deepsea Bergen drilling facility, which is situated currently at Averøy Industripark.
Production licence 644 was initially awarded on 5 February last year under APA 2015.
The drilling permit will be subject to all other approvals and consents required by the operator from the relevant authorities before the commencement of drilling operations.
NPD has also awarded Statoil the drilling permit for wellbore 30/8-5 situated in the production licence 501 as part of a separate development.
Statoil is the operator of the licence and holds 50% interest.
The company is set to start drilling wellbore 30/8-5 using the Deepsea Atlantic drilling facility following the completion of its current drilling campaign in production licence 501.
The new development represents the fifth well to be drilled in production licence 190, which was originally awarded on 10 September 1993 in the 14th licensing round on the Norwegian shelf.