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Aker BP has received consent for exploration drilling

Aker BP is the operator for production licence 790 in the North Sea. We have given the company consent to drill exploration well 34/2-5 S.


Drilling is scheduled to begin in December 2017, with a duration of some 150 days, depending on whether a discovery is made. Water depth at the site is around 386 metres.

The drilling location's geographical coordinates will be:

  • 61° 45' 33.997'' N
  • 02° 35' 09.530" E

The well is to be drilled by Transocean Arctic, which is a semi-submersible mobile drilling facility of the Marosso 56 type, built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan in 1987. It was upgraded in 2004, is classified by DNV GL and registered in the Marshall Islands.

The facility is operated by Transocean Ltd. It was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in July 2004.

Øyvind Midttun, press contact
Email: oyvind.midttun@ptil.no | +47 51 87 34 77