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Consent to conduct exploration drilling with Ocean Vanguard – well 6608/10-14 S

Consent: Statoil has received consent for exploration drilling in the Norwegian Sea with the mobile facility Ocean Vanguard.


The consent applies to drilling of exploration well 6608/10-14 S  which is part of production licence 128. The well lies approx. 165 kilometres west of the island of Vega and has the following geographical coordinates:

N 66° 8' 58.5",  E 8° 14' 45.7". The water depth at the site is 352 metres.

According to the application for consent start-up is scheduled for the end of January 2010. The operation has an estimated duration of 47 days.

Ocean Vanguard (formerly West Vanguard)  is a semi-submersible, third generation drilling facility of the Bingo 3000 type, built in 1982. It is operated by Diamond Offshore which has an operations office in Stavanger, and receives technical and operational support from the company's office in Aberdeen.

The facility is registered on Marshall Island, with Det Norske Veritas as classification society.

Ocean Vanguard received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in July 2004 (link).