Det norske has received government approval to drill the prospect Dovregubben in production license 468 in the Norwegian Sea.
The well (6305/9-2) is to be drilled by the semi-submersible drilling rig Aker Barents. The operations are planned to start in December 2010.
The prospect is located east of the Ormen Lange gas field. The resource potential of Dovregubben is estimated to be 100-220 million oil equivalent. Water depth at the site is 275 meters. Det norske has pre-installed the base well and protective structure with Island Enforcer in advance of the activities.
Det norske is the operator of the license, and owns 95 percent.
GDF SUEZ E & P Norway has bought a 5 percent share of the license from Det norske. The agreement awaits government approval.
About Det norske:
Det norske oljeselskap ASA has interests in a total of 72 licenses, with 35 operatorships. Det norske is the second-largest operating company on the Norwegian Continental Shelf both considering number of operatotships and exploration activity. I 2009 the company operated nine exploration wells, and the high activity will continue in 2010. Det norske runs its activities in a safe and responsible manner in close cooperation with the authorities.
Det norske currently employs a staff of 190. The company`s registered office is located in Trondheim. The company also has offices in Oslo, Harstad, and Stavanger. Det norske is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (DETNOR).