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Consent to conduct exploration drilling in the Norwegian Sea – well 6608/10-12

Consent: StatoilHydro has received consent to conduct exploration drilling of well 6608/10-12 using the mobile facility Ocean Vanguard.

The well is part of production license 128 and has the following geographical coordinates:

N 66° 13' 45.69",  E 08° 18' 45.86". The water depth at the site is 334 metres. The closest distance to land is 170 kilometres (Vega).

 Location of the well

Location of well 6608/10-12

Ocean Vanguard (formerly West Vanguard) is a drilling facility of the Bingo 3000 type, which was completed in 1982 at Trosvik Verksted AS. It has subesequently undergone several upgrades. The facility is classified in DNV. It is operated by Diamond Offshore Netherlands BV. Ocean Vanguard received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) on 2 July 2004 (link).

The drilling will start in September 2008 after Ocean Vanguard has finished the exploration drilling of well 34/7-33 . The activity has a planned duration of 45 days.