Norwegian -based oil and gas company Equinor has obtained a permit for the drilling of a wildcat well in the Norwegian waters of the North Sea.
A wildcat well is an exploration well drilled in an area that is not known to be an oilfield.
The well 34/7-E-4 AH will be drilled in production licence 089 area and is located just southwest of the Snorre field.
With regards to the terms of the drilling programme, a wildcat well will be drilled in production licence 089 and will be carried out by the Transocean Norge drilling facility.
The energy firm with an ownership stake of 41.5%, is the operator of the licence while the remaining stake is held by Petoro (30%), Vår Energi (16.1%), Idemitsu Petroleum Norge (9.6%) and Wintershall Dea Norge (2.8%).
The production licence 089 was awarded on 9 March 1984 and the well is the 41st exploration wells to be drilled in the licence.
The permit depends on Equinor securing all other permits and consents needed from other authorities before commencing the drilling activity.
Equinor finished drilling an appraisal well on the 35/11-23 oil and gas discovery near Fram field, in December last year, but the well turned out to be dry.