Drilling operation at the Norvarg prospect in production license 535 in the Barents Sea has commenced.
The well 7225/3-1 is the first well in the license, which was awarded in the 20th Licensing Round in 2009.
Norvarg is a large gas prospect. The operation is carried out with the submersible drilling facility West Phoenix. The well will be drilled to a depth of 4 200 meters. The operation will take 100 to 140 days.
Total E&P Norge is the operator with a 40 percent stake. Det norske is together with Rocksource, and North Energy partners with a 20 percent stake each.
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).