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Consent for exploration drilling using Transocean Spitsbergen - well 7125/4-3

Statoil Petroleum AS (Statoil) has received consent for exploration drilling using the Transocean Spitsbergen mobile drilling facility in production licence 393B.


The consent covers drilling of well 7125/4-3 in production licence 393B in the Barents Sea, where Statoil is the operator. The purpose of the well is to investigate a prospect named "Ensis".

The drilling of Ensis is planned to begin as soon as the facility has finished the well operation at 7324/9-1 ("Mercury"). The earliest drilling start-up is late August 2014. The operation at Ensis is estimated to last 30 days.

The facility's planned position will be:

  • 71° 30' 56.4" N
  • 25° 12' 56.7" E

Water depth at the site is 294 metres. The site is around 42 kilometres from the nearest land: Knivskjellodden in Nordkapp municipality in Finnmark.

Transocean Spitsbergen is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Aker H-6e type.
It was built at the Aker Stord yard, is registered in the Marshall Islands and classified by DnV.

The facility received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in October 2012.

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