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Consent for exploration drilling using Transocean Barents

GDF Suez has received consent to carry out exploration drilling of well 7218/8-1 in the Barents Sea.


As operator of production licence 607, GDF Suez has applied for consent for exploration drilling of well 7218/8-1.

The well is to be drilled using the Transocean Barents mobile drilling facility, with earliest start-up in January 2014.

The rig’s planned position during drilling will be:
72° 20' 00.70"N
18° 28' 38.46"E

Water depth at the site is 385 metres. The activity is planned to last 47 days, depending on whether a find is made.

Transocean Barents (formerly Aker Barents) is a 6th-generation semi-submersible drilling facility of the H-6e type. The facility was built at the Aker Stord yard in Norway and was completed in 2009.

Transocean Barents is owned and operated by Transocean Norway, with head offices in Stavanger.


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