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

StatoilHydro has received consent to conduct exploration drilling of well 6507/3-5 S with the mobile facility Ocean Vanguard.

Location of the wellWell 6507/3-5 S on Alve is part of production license 159B, is located 11 kilometers south-west of Norne (see map) and has the following geographical coordinates:

N 65° 58' 06.398", E 07° 48' 36.374"

A template was placed on this location in the summer of 2007.

The plan is to commence drilling as soon as the facility has concluded drilling of an exploration well on the Gamma field (link). The activity has a planned duration of about 74 days, including template stabilization. The well will be temporarily plugged.

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