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Consent to conduct exploration drilling with Aker Barents – well 25/1-11

Consent: Det norske oljeselskap ASA (Det norske) has received consent to conduct exploration drilling in the northern part of the North Sea using the mobile facility Aker Barents.

The consent applies to exploration well 25/1-11, which belongs to production license 460.

The well is located 12 km south of the Frigg field and 10 km north of Vale (see map). the shortest distance to the Norwegian coast (Austevoll) is about 160 km.

Location of the well

The well has the following geographical coordinates:

N 59° 47' 25.1''N, E 2° 13' 6.4''. The water depth at the site is 107 m.

The licensees in the production license are Det norske (operator) and Aker Exploration ASA.

Expected drilling start-up is 1 October 2009. The duration of the activities is estimated at about 40 days.

Aker Barents is a so-called sixth generation semi-submersible drilling facility designed according to the H-6e concept for drilling operations at water depths of up to 3000 m and in Arctic regions.

The facility was delivered as a new-build in the summer of 2009, and was built by Aker Solutions at Stord shipyard in Norway.

Aker Barents received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in July 2009 (link) and is operated by Aker Drilling Operations AS.