OKEA ASA portfolio expands through six licence awards in APA 2020

TRONDHEIM, NORWAY: OKEA ASA has been awarded six new production licences on the Norwegian Continental Shelf by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy under the Award in Pre-Defined Areas (APA) for 2020.

The awarded licences include exploration and field development opportunities near the important Draugen and Gjøa production hubs as well as other new areas.

OKEA will be the operator for four of the licences and a partner with operators DNO and Wintershall Dea in the remaining two.

In the Norwegian Sea the new licences include, among others, the Falk, Cortina and Spinell Sør discoveries where opportunities for further exploration and field development have been identified, some of which are close to the OKEA-operated Draugen field. In the northern North Sea, the new production licence (PL1108) lies between the producing Gjøa field, where OKEA is a partner, and the OKEA-operated Aurora discovery.

”We are very pleased with these awards which further strengthen OKEA’s growing portfolio of exploration and field development opportunities, also in areas new for us”, comments Andrew McCann, SVP Subsurface & Wells in OKEA. 

”We are especially satisfied this year to have built and entered into strong partnerships with skilled and resourceful companies and we look forward to developing value of these areas together with them.”

Two of the licences have a work programme leading to a drill or drop decision in early 2022. The others have a two-year initial work programme.


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