The consent relates to the drilling of exploration well 15/12-23, which is part of production licence 038D and is located in the Varg area about 230 km west of the coast of Rogaland.
The well has the following geographical coordinates:
N 58° 13' 5.550", E 1° 53' 3.580". The water depth at the site is about 100 metres.
According to the application for consent, drilling will start in April 2010. The activity has an estimated duration of about 125 days.
Transocean Winner (see photo) 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 operated by Transocean Offshore (North Sea Ltd NUF), with headquarters in Stavanger.
Transocean Winner received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway in August 2006 (link).
Øyvind Midttun, Press contact
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