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Consent to carry out exploration drilling with Transocean Leader

Statoil Petroleum AS (Statoil) has been granted consent to carry out exploration drilling of well 6506/9-3 on the Smørbukk North field with the Transocean Leader mobile drilling facility.

The rig’s position during drilling is:

  • 65° 15' 04.99" North
  • 06° 54' 15.66" East

The water depth at the site is 302 metres.

Planned start-up is the beginning of June 2013 with a duration of 87 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.


The Transocean Leader (above) is a semi-submersible mobile drilling facility owned and operated by Transocean Offshore North Sea Ltd. It was delivered from Hyundai Heavy Industries in Korea in 1987.

The facility received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the PSA on 16 December 2004.

Letter to Statoil (In Norwegian)

Journal 2013/453

Inger Anda, Director for communication and public affairs
Email: inger.anda@ptil.no | +47 970 54 064