Total E&P Norway has as the operator received NPD’s go-ahead to drill the Norvarg prospect in PL 535 in the Barents Sea this Wednesday.
Det norske has a 20 percent stake in the license, granted in the 20th licensing round in 2009. The well 7225/3-1 will be drilled with the drilling facility West Phoenix. Planned startup is in late April. The operation is scheduled to take approx. 90 days, and it will be drilled to a depth of 4,000 meters.
Norvarg is a gas prospect located in block 7225/3 and 7226/1.The well is located about 300 kilometers northeast of Hammerfest.
This is Det norske’s first well in the Barents Sea. Det norske is pushing for increased activity in the far north. Our activities in the Barents Sea are managed from our office in Harstad.
Licensees in production license 535:
Total E&P Norway, 40% operator
Det norske oljeselskap 20%
North Energy 20%
About Det norske:
Det norske is the second-largest operating company on the Norwegian Continental Shelf both considering number of operatorships, exploration- and drilling activity. The aggressive exploration program is the largest an independent Norwegian company has ever conducted on the NCS. Det norske runs its activities in a safe and responsible manner in close cooperation with the authorities. Det norske will in 2011 participate in over 10 drilling operations as partner or as operator.
Det norske currently employs a staff of around 200. 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).