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Equinor awarded 5 offshore UK licenses

The U.K. Oil and Gas Authority awarded Norway's Equinor ASA with five offshore licenses, with four as operator and one as partner, the company announced June 4.

The awarded licenses are in the Moray Firth and East Shetland platforms on the U.K. Continental Shelf.

Equinor was also awarded an extension to the Frigg license in the Northern North Sea, which supports the Frigg redevelopment project.

The licenses include commitments for seismic surveys in several areas on the East Shetland and Moray Firth platforms.

The company plans to drill its fifth exploration well, Lifjellet, this year, also in the U.K. Continental Shelf, according to Nick Ashton, senior vice president for exploration in Norway and the U.K.