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Equinor has received consent for exploration drilling in the Barents Sea

We have given Equinor Energy (Equinor) consent for exploration drilling of well 7324/3-1 in the Barents Sea.


The well is to be drilled to investigate a prospect named "Intrepid Eagle" which is around 172 kilometres south-east of Bjørnøya in production licence 615.

The geographical coordinates of the well will be:

  • 73° 57’ 27.39’’ N
  • 24° 41’ 04.09’’ E

Water depth at the site is 452 metres.

Drilling is scheduled to begin in mid-August 2018. It is estimated to last for 28 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.

The well is to be drilled by the West Hercules mobile drilling facility. This is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the GVA 7500 type, operated by North Atlantic Drilling.

West Hercules was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in December 2012.

Eileen Brundtland, press contact
Email: eileen.brundtland@ptil.no | +47 51 87 35 12