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OMV receives consent for exploration drilling in the Barents Sea

OMV (Norge) AS has received consent to drill an exploration well in block 7324/8 in the Barents Sea.


The well to be drilled, wildcat well 7324/8-3, is in a prospect named "Wisting Central III". The drilling location is in the Barents Sea, around 315 kilometres north of Hammerfest.

The geographical coordinates will be:

  • 73° 26' 04.0014" N
  • 24° 23' 21.6697" E

Water depth at the site is 394.5 metres.

The drilling is estimated to last for 31 days, and will begin in mid-August at the earliest.

The well is to be drilled by the Island Innovator semi-submersible mobile drilling facility. The facility is a Global Maritime GM4000 type, delivered by the COSCO shipyard in China in 2012. It is owned by Island Drilling Company, operated by Odfjell Drilling, is Norwegian-flagged and classified by DNV GL.

Island Innovator was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in August 2013.

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