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Consent to conduct exploration drilling with Ocean Vanguard – well 6608/11-6

Consent: StatoilHydro has received consent to conduct exploration drilling in the Norwegian Sea using the mobile facility Ocean Vanguard.

The consent applies to drilling of exploration well 6608/11-6 (map) belonging to Production License 128.

Location of the well 

The well is located about 17 kilometres northeast of Norne. The closest distance to the shore (Vega outside Brønnøysund in Nordland County) is 165 kilometres.

The well has the following geographical coordinates:

N 66° 06' 50.5",  E 08° 23' 00.00". The water depth at the site is 357 metres.

Ocean Vanguard (previously West Vanguard) is a drilling facility of the Bingo 3000 type, which was commissioned in 1982 at Trosvik Verksted AS. It has undergone a number of upgrades. The facility is classed in DnV and is operated by Diamond Offshore Netherlands BV. Ocean Vanguard received the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway’s Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) on 2 July 2004.

According to the application for consent, drilling will start in mid-July 2008. The activity has an expected duration of 34 days.