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Consent for exploration drilling for Tullow Oil Norge AS

Tullow Oil Norge AS (TONAS) has received consent to drill an exploration well in block 16/5.


TONAS is the operator for production licence 776 in the North Sea. The well will be drilled in a prospect named Rome, with the designation  16/5-6. It is located around 37 kilometres southeast of the Edvard Grieg field, at the geographical coordinates:

  • 02o 31' 45.50" E
  • 58o 32' 40.45" N

Drilling is scheduled to begin in June at the earliest and estimated to last 30 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.

Drilling will be performed using Borgland Dolphin, which is a semi-submersible mobile drilling facility of the Aker H-3 type. The facility is owned by Fred. Olsen Energy ASA and operated by Dolphin Drilling AS. It was built as a flotel in 1977 and refitted/upgraded into a drilling facility in 1999.

Borgland Dolphin received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the PSA in September 2004.

The PSA has now granted TONAS consent for exploration drilling.

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