OKEA has been awarded 5 new licences on the Norwegian Continental Shelf by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy under the Award in Pre-Defined Areas (APA) for 2019, strengthening the company’s position around the important Draugen and Grevling production and development hubs in the Norwegian Sea and North Sea, respectively.
Two of the awarded areas are new licences where OKEA will be a partner, the three others are areal extensions of existing licences, two of them operated by OKEA.
Production Licence (PL) 1060 lies northwest of the OKEA-operated Draugen field and includes the Galtvort gas discovery. The work programme includes a firm well on a prospect in the licence which will be operated by Equinor. PL1034 lies south-east of PL973 where there are ongoing exploration activities to support the Grevling development project, operated by OKEA.
The three licence extensions provide further prospect areas to the Draugen (PL093), Mistral (PL1003) and Grevling exploration (PL973) licences.
'We are very pleased with these awards which strengthen OKEA’s licence portfolio around our key operated asset Draugen, where we have an ambition to further develop the neighbouring area, as well as extending lifetime of the asset itself’’, comments Andrew McCann, SVP Subsurface in OKEA. ‘’In addition, further exploration opportunities in the Grevling area will strengthen the case to develop an oil production hub there.'