The well is part of production licence 373S with BG (45%) as the operator. The other licensees are Idemitsu Petroleum (25%), Wintershall Norge (20%) and RWE Dea Norge (10%).
The well is located 45 kilometres northeast of the Snorre field and 250 kilometres northwest of Bergen.
The well has the following geographical coordinates:
N 61° 47' 42.496", E 02° 43' 04.376". The water depth at the site is 400 metres.
The activity has an expected duration of 75 days.
West Alpha (pictured) is a type "Dyvi Drilling Ultra Yatzy" semi-submersible mobile drilling facility, built in 1986.
The facility is owned and operated by Seadrill Offshore AS, and received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in December 2001.
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