Norwegian operator Vaar Energi has received approvals from the national regulator to drill two offshore exploration wells within close proximity of its Goliat field in the Barents Sea off the far north of the country.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on 22 September it had granted Vaar drilling permits for wellbores 7122/8-1 S and 7122/9-1, with the first well due to spud in the fourth quarter this year.

Both wells are to be drilled using the rig Transocean Enabler.