The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted Spirit Energy Norway a drilling permit for wildcat well 16/1-33 S in production licence PL 780.
Well 16/1-33 S will be drilled from the Leiv Eiriksson drilling facility in position 58°58'42.96"N and 2°10'30.82"E.
Spirit Energy Norway is the operator with an ownership interest of 60 per cent. The other licensee is Aker BP with 40 per cent.
The area in this licence consists of part of Block 16/1. The well will be drilled about 5 kms north of the Ivar Aasen field in the central part of the North Sea, and 205 kms west of Stavanger.
Production licence PL 780 was awarded on 6 February 2015 in APA 2014 on the Norwegian shelf.
This is the first exploration well to be drilled in the licence. The permit is contingent on the operator securing all other permits and consents required by other authorities prior to commencing the drilling activity.