Det norske has received Petroleum Safety Authority`s consent for drilling the appraisal well 16/1-11 in production license 001B north in the North Sea.
Det norske is operator for the license with a 35% ownership stake in the license. Partners are Statoil (50%) and Bayerngas (15%).
The operations will be carried out with the semi submersible drilling rig Songa Delta (picture) at the Draupne prospect. The operations are planned for in the first quarter of 2010.
In March of 2008, was oil discovered by Det norske and its partners on Draupne. Erik Haugene (CEO of Det norske) then said
‘The discovery is interesting, but the final size and commercial potential are dependent upon the results of further analyses. It is likely that this discovery will lay the foundation for commercial recovery of two adjacent earlier oil discoveries, Hanz and West Cable. Moreover, Lundin’s discovery, Luno, is located in the vicinity of Draupne, enabling a possible joint development’.
Operators must obtain consent to conduct exploration drilling. Issuance of a consent expresses the authorities’ confidence that the operator can carry out the activity within the framework of the regulations and in accordance with the information provided in the application for consent.
About Det norske (DETNOR`) before the merger with Aker Exploration:
Det norske is the second-largest operating company on the Norwegian Continental Shelf with 28 operatorship and interests in a total of 52 licenses. Det norske is the operator of the Frøy Field development and will also operate eight to nine exploration wells in the North Sea and Norwegian Sea during 2009. Det norske’s scope of activities is limited to the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).
Det norske currently employs a staff of 146 and the strong growth rate continues. The company`s registered office is located in Trondheim and the headquarter operations is divided between Oslo and Trondheim. The company also has offices in Harstad, and Stavanger.