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Consent to carry out exploration drilling with Transocean Winner - well 24/9-10 S

Marathon Petroleum Company (Norway) has received consent to carry out exploration drilling in the central part of the North Sea with the mobile facility Transocean Winner.

The consent relates to drilling of exploration well 24/9-10 S, which is part of production licence 340/340 BS.

The plan is to drill a directional wellbore, and, depending on the result, one sidetrack.

The well is located about 120 nautical miles west of Stavanger and has the following geographical coordinates:

N 59° 16' 34.729",  E 1° 44' 36.129".

The water depth at the site is approx. 120 metres.

The plan is to start drilling in October 2010. The operation will last between 26 and 41 days, depending on whether a sidetrack is drilled.

Transocean Winner (above) is a third-generation semi-submersible drilling facility of the GVA-4000 design, built in 1983 at Gøtaverken Arendal in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The facility is owned by Transocean Offshore, and is operated by Transocean Offshore (North Sea) Ltd NUF, with a main office in Stavanger.

Transocean Winner received the PSA's Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in August 2006..

Mike Theiss, Principal engineer
Email: michael.theiss@ptil.no |