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Consent for exploration drilling using Transocean Spitsbergen

Statoil has received consent to carry out exploration drilling of well 7324/9 Mercury in production licence 614 in the Barents Sea using the Transocean Spitsbergen mobile drilling facility.

The rig’s position during drilling will be:

  • 73° 19' 29.3" N
  • 24° 50' 24.2" E

Water depth at the site is around 413 metres and it is around 242 kilometres to the nearest mainland at Nordkapp municipality.

Drilling is planned to begin in mid-July 2014, with a duration of around 27 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.

Transocean Spitsbergen is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Aker H-6e type. It was built at the Aker Stord yard in 2009, is registered in the Marshall Islands and classified by DnV. The facility received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in October 2012.

Journal 2014/719