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Consent for exploration drilling using Transocean Spitsbergen – well 7227/10-1

The PSA has given Statoil Petroleum AS (Statoil) consent for exploration drilling using the Transocean Spitsbergen mobile drilling facility in the Barents Sea.


The consent applies to drilling of exploration well 7227/10-1 in production licence 230 in the Barents Sea. The well has been given the prospect name of "Saturn".

The facility's planned position during drilling is:

  • 72° 09' 48.7"N
  • 27° 14' 18.1"E

Water depth at the site is around 232 metres. The location is approximately 116 kilometres from the nearest land, at Kinnarodden in Lebesby/Gamvik municipality in the county of Finnmark.

The earliest start-up for drilling is the second half of October 2014. The operations are estimated to last 45 days.

Transocean Spitsbergen is a semi-submersible mobile drilling facility of the Aker H-6e type.

The facility was completed in 2009 at the Aker Solutions yard in Stord; it is registered in the Marshall Islands and classified by DNV GL.

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

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