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Consent to use Polar Pioneer on Statfjord

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has given Statoil Petroleum AS (Statoil) consent to carry out well work on the Statfjord field with the mobile drilling facility Polar Pioneer.

The consent covers the workover of an injection well on Statfjord Nord.

According to the application for consent, the plan is to start the operation in August 2010, and it has an estimated duration of about one month.

Polar Pioneer (above) is operated by Transocean Offshore and is a semi-submersible drilling facility built at Hitachi Zosen, Ariake, Japan.

The facility received the PSA's Acknowledgement of Compliance in May 2006: