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Equinor has received consent for exploration drilling in the North Sea

We have given Equinor Energy (Equinor) consent to drill exploration well 16/5-7 in production licence 502 in the North Sea.


Well 16/5-7 is to be drilled north-west of the Utsira High in the North Sea, south-west of Johan Sverdrup and north-east of Sleipner.

The well will have the following geographical coordinates:

  • 58º 42’ 12.13’’ N
  • 02º 31’ 08.81’’ E

Water depth at the location is around 105 metres.

Drilling is scheduled to begin in mid-May 2019 and estimated to last for 28 days.

The well will be drilled by Transocean Spitsbergen, which is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Aker H-6e type, operated by Transocean Norway Operations AS.

Transocean Spitsbergen received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the PSA in 2012.

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