Det norske has farmed into PL 392 with 10 percent. The license contains the Dalsnuten prospect. According to plan, the prospect will be drilled during autumn 2010.
The license is located in the Voring Basin, west of the Gro gas discovery, at a water depth of 1,350 to 1,500 meters.
The Dalsnuten well will test new exploration models in this part of the Norwegian Sea. These models has proven to be successful in the Haltenbanken area, and could open similar opportunities in the deepwater parts of the Norwegian Sea.
Several other prospects have been identified in the license, which independently of Dalsnuten, could create opportunities to test exploration models that have proven feasible in other parts of the Norwegian Sea.
A/S Norske Shell is operator for the license and will utilize the semi submersible drilling rig Aker Barents (picture) in the drilling operation. The agreement is subject to government approval.
About Det norske:
Det norske oljeselskap ASA has after the merger with Aker Exploration interests in a total of 77 licenses, with 40 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 activiy 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 176. The company`s registered office is located in Trondheim. The company also has offices in Oslo, Harstad, and Stavanger.