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Equinor receives consent for exploration drilling in the Norwegian Sea

We have given Equinor Energy (Equinor) consent for exploration drilling in block 6406/2 in the Norwegian Sea.


On behalf of the licensees in production licence 199, Equinor has been given consent to drill exploration well 6406/2-9 S. The well is to be drilled to investigate a prospect named "Ragnfrid Nord", just south of the Kristin field in the central Norwegian Sea.

The geographical coordinates of the well will be:

  • 64° 48’ 18.22’’ N
  • 06° 26’ 51.08’’ E

Water depth at the site is 278 metres.

Drilling is scheduled to begin in early June 2018. It is estimated to last for 81 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.

Well 6406/2-9 S will be drilled by the West Phoenix mobile drilling facility. This is a semi-submersible drilling facility of the Moss Maritim CS50 type, operated by North Atlantic Drilling.

West Phoenix was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in June 2008.

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