The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Premier Oil Norge permission to drill well 9/1-1 S in production licence 406 (PL 406).

This is the first exploration well to be drilled in PL 406 using the Bredford Dolphin drilling facility.

The area included in PL 406 is located in the south-east part of the North Sea and comprises parts of blocks 8/3, 9/1, 17/12, 18/10 and 18/11.

PL 406 is owned by operator Premier Oil with a 40% stake, Skeie Energy with 40% and Spring Energy Exploration with 20%.