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Consent for exploration drilling using Scarabeo 8

Eni norge as has received consent to carry out exploration drilling of well 7016/2-1 in production licence 529 in the Barents Sea using the Scarabeo 8 mobile drilling facility.

The rig’s position during drilling will be

  • 70° 50' 48" N
  • 16° 33' 33" E

Water depth at the site is approx. 1368 metres.

The planned start-up is July 2013 with a duration of 67 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.



Scarabeo 8 is a semi-submersible drilling facility of Moss CS 50 MkII design. It was built at the Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo, Italy and completed at the Westcon Yard in Ølensvåg in Hordaland county in 2011.

The facility has been winterised, in other words equipped for operations in Arctic waters. It is designed to be capable of working at water depths of between 70 and 3050 metres.

Journal 2013/644


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