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Equinor has received consent for exploration drilling in the Barents Sea

We have given Equinor consent for exploration drilling of well 7132/2-2 in the Barents Sea.


Equinor is the operator for production licence 857. We have now given the company consent to drill exploration well 7132/2-2, which aims to investigate a prospect that has been named “Gjøkåsen Deep”.

The location has the following geographical coordinates:

  • 71º 50’ 28.37” N
  • 32º 23’ 17.91” E

Water depth at the site is 304 metres.

Well 7132/2-2 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.

Øyvind Midttun, press contact
Email: oyvind.midttun@ptil.no | +47 51 87 34 77