Two new operatorships

February 28, 2002, 15:30 CET

Statoil has been awarded two new operatorships in the North Sea round 2001 by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

"We are pleased that we have been awarded the production licences we applied for," says Karin Ask in Statoil's new areas business cluster. Ms Ask is also happy with the process round the awards.

Statoil will operate one licence in block 33/12, south of the Statfjord field. The group has been awarded a 70 per cent interest here. The other licence lies in block 30/6, south of the Veslefrikk field. Statoil's share there is 18 per cent. The state's direct financial interest (SDFI) will be a partner in the first licence, while TotalFinaElf, RWE-DEA, Paladin Resources, Svenska Petroleum and SDFI are partners in the second licence.

Statoil has also received a small 0.950 per cent share in block 2/4 north of Ekofisk, with Phillips as operator. The other partners are Norsk Agip, Norsk Hydro, TotalFinaElf and SDFI.

See also the press release and map on the ministry's web site.