High Exploration Activity on the Norwegian Shelf

While some of them are delineation of earlier discoveries, nine new discoveries were made during the first half of 2010 – five in the North Sea and four in the Norwegian Sea. 19 of the 25 are wildcat wells (new prospects) and six are appraisal wells (for delineation of earlier discoveries). Nine discoveries were made during the first half of 2010 – five in the North Sea and four in the Norwegian Sea.

Four of the discoveries in the North Sea were made north of the Snorre field in the northern part of the North Sea, while one discovery was made at the Frigg field in the central part of the North Sea.

Four of the discoveries in the North Sea were made in the north of the Snorre field in the northern part of the North Sea, while one discovery was made at the Frigg field in the central part of the North Sea.

Ongoing drilling activity

At the end of the first half of 2010, seven exploration wells were being drilled – four in the North Sea and three in the Norwegian Sea.

Plans for development and operation – 2010

Four plans for development and operation (PDO) have been submitted in the first half of 2010 for the Norwegian shelf. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate expects that two or three PDOs will be submitted in the second half of the year. This is approximately in line with the NPD's estimates at the beginning of the year. The first well will be drilled in the Skrugard prospect, west of Lopphøgda. The well is operated by Statoil. This was a popular area in the 20th Licensing Round.

Eni will then drill two exploration wells – one in the Alke area , and one in west of Lopphøgda, awarded in the 20th Licensing Round.

The NPD's forecast of 40 to 50 exploration wells spudded in 2010 seems to hold true, although the drilling programs so far are not coming in at the same pace as last year. One cause of this is Statoil's reduction in exploration activity compared with 2009.

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