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    Aker BP OK'd for exploratory campaign off Norway

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One wildcat and two appraisal wells will be drilled in the Norwegian waters of the North Sea.

by: Daniel Graeber

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Aker BP OK'd for exploratory campaign off Norway

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) on December 28 gave Aker Bp consent to start exploratory work near the former East Frigg natural gas field.

The NPD granted approval for three wells – 25/2-23B, 25/2-23A and 25/2-23S – just east of the natural gas field off the coast of Bergen in the Norwegian waters of the North Sea. The former two are considered appraisal wells, while 25/2-23S is a wildcat, one drilled in waters not previously known to contain hydrocarbon reserves.

Aker BP serves as the operator for all three wells alongside its partners, Equinor and Norwegian upstream company LOTUS.

The NPD reported gas production in November averaged 337.9mn m3/day, beating its estimate for the month by 2.2%.

Output was down 0.1% month-on-month, but up 5.4% year on year. Production is likely to dip next month due to an unplanned outage at Troll, Norway's largest gas field.

Norwegian production of oil and other petroleum liquids, meanwhile, averaged 1.73mn barrels/day in November, 5.1% below expectations and 4.9% lower month-on-month. Operations at the country's largest oilfield, Johan Sverdrup, were disrupted in mid-November after a power glitch.