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Consent to conduct exploration drilling in the Barents Sea – well 7224/6-1

StatoilHydro has received consent to conduct exploration drilling of well 7224/6-1 (Arenaria) with the mobile facility Polar Pioneer.

The well belongs to Production License 394, which is located about 162 km north of the North Cape (map). 


The well has the following geographical coordinates:

N 72°37’ 29.1”, E 24° 54’ 43.4”. The water depth is 267 metres.

Polar Pioneer is operated by Transocean Offshore, headquartered in Stavanger. The facility received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in May 2004.

Planned start-up of drilling is at the beginning of July 2008, as soon as Polar Pioneer has concluded drilling operations on Ververis for StatoilHydro. The activity is expected to have a duration of 50 days.

Prior to start-up of the drilling activities, StatoilHydro must rectify the non-conformities identified in “Report following audit of planning and follow-up of activities with Polar Pioneer in connection with drilling of well 7124/4-1S”.