The oil company will drill the well using the Maersk Interceptor jack-up rig in production licence 001 B, after completing the drilling of appraisal wells 16/1-21 S and 16/1-21 A.
The drilling programme for well 16/1-22 S relates to the drilling of an appraisal well on the Ivar Aasen field, where Det norske is the operator with an ownership interest of 34.7862 per cent. The other licensees are Statoil Petroleum AS with 41.4730 per cent, Bayerngas Norge AS with 12.3173 per cent, Wintershall Norge AS with 6.4615 per cent, VNG Norge AS with 3.0230 per cent, Lundin Norway AS with 1.3850 per cent and OMV (Norge) AS with 0.5540 per cent.
The area in this licence consists of part of block 16/1. The well was drilled in the south-western part of the Ivar Aasen field in the central part of the North Sea.
On 1 September 1999, production licence 001 B was carved out of production licence 001, which was awarded on 1 September 1965 (Round 1-A). This is the seventh exploration well to be drilled within the licence area and the ninth on the Ivar Aasen field.