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Consent to conduct exploration drilling with Ocean Vanguard in the Norwegian Sea

Statoil ASA has received consent to conduct exploration drilling of well 6608/8-2 using the mobile drilling facility Ocean Vanguard.


Location well 660877-2

Well 6608/8-2 is located approx. 33 km northeast of Norne (see map) and has the following geographical coordinates: N 66° 17' 52.5", E 08° 22' 36.9". The water depth at the site is approx. 337 m.

The plan is to commence drilling as soon as the Ocean Vanguard has concluded drilling of a production well on Glitne (link). The estimated start-up date for drilling well 6608/8-2 is early August 2007.

The Ocean Vanguard is a semi-submersible drilling facility operated by Diamond Offshore Netherlands BV with an operations office in Stavanger. The facility received an (AoC) in July 2004.

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Mike Theiss