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Consent to conduct exploration drilling in block 35/9 in the northern part of the North Sea

Wintershall Norge AS has received consent to conduct drilling of an exploration well in a prospect in production licence 418 in the northern part of the North Sea. The drilling operation will be carried out with the Transocean Arctic mobile drilling facility.

Wintershall is the operator of production licence 418, which is located west of Sognefjorden, between the Vega and Gjøa fields.

The exploration well will be drilled as a main well with a sidetrack, designated 35/9-8 and 35/9-8A, respectively. The plan is to start drilling in February 2013, with a duration of up to 140 days, including potential well tests.

The surface coordinates of the main well will be:

61° 17' 06.71" N
03° 40' 33.63" E

The location is approx. 207 km west-southwest of the supply base in Florø. Water depth at the site is 368 metres.

The plan is to carry out drilling with the Transocean Arctic mobile drilling facility (photo).


Transocean Arctic is a semi-submersible drilling facility owned and operated by Transocean Offshore (North Sea) Ltd NUF. It is of the type Marosso 56, and was built in 1986 at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan.

Transocean Arctic is registered on the Marshall Islands and is classified in DnV. It received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) in July 2004.

Journal 2012/1896