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Consent for exploration drilling with Transocean Barents

GDF SUEZ has received consent to carry out exploration drilling of well 35/9 on the Gjøa field with the Transocean Barents mobile drilling facility.

The Gjøa field is an oil and gas field located in blocks 35/9 and 36/7, approx. 45 km west of the inlet to Sognefjorden. The water depth in the area is between 360 and 380 metres.

The well will be designated 35/9- 9 and the plan is to drill at the following coordinates:

  • 61° 24' 12.79" N
  • 03° 56' 00.49" E

Water depth at the site is approx. 360 metres.

Drilling is scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2013, and has an expected duration of 40 days, depending on whether a discovery is made.


Transocean Barents is a sixth-generation semi-submersible drilling facility of the H-6e type. The facility was built at the Aker Stord shipyard in Norway and was commissioned in 2009.

Transocean Barents is owned and operated by Transocean Norway, with head office in Stavanger. The facility received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in 2009.

Letter to GFD SUEZ

Journal 2013/303