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Consent to carry out exploration drilling with Ocean Vanguard – well 34/7-35 S

Statoil Petroleum AS (Statoil) has received consent to carry out drilling of exploration well 34/7-35 S using the mobile drilling facility Ocean Vanguard.

Well 34/7-35 S (”Karpe & Svarthå”) is part of production licence 552, and is situated in block 34/7 in the northern part of the North Sea, approx. ten kilometres north of Gullfaks C.

The planned position of the facility for the drilling activity is:

  • 61° 18' 3.708" North
  • 02° 12' 18.883" East

 The water depth at the site is 261 metres.

 The plan is to initiate the drilling operation as soon as the Ocean Vanguard has completed drilling the tophole on Stjerne.

The earliest start date for the operation is 1 May 2012. The activity has an estimated duration of 64 days.

Ocean Vanguard is operated by Diamond Offshore, with an operations office in Stavanger and technical and operational support from the company’s office in Aberdeen.

The facility is registered on the Marshall Islands with Det Norske Veritas as classification society.

Ocean Vanguard was built in 1982 and received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the PSA in July 2004.

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