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Consent to conduct exploration drilling with Polar Pioneer on Oseberg

Consent: StatoilHydro has been granted consent to conduct exploration drilling of well 30/9-22 in the Oseberg area with the mobile facility Polar Pioneer.

Location map

Well 30/9-22 (see map) is part of production licence 104 and has the following geographical coordinates:

N 60° 17' 32.38",  E 02° 42' 06.46". The water depth at the site is 95 metres.

Start-up is planned for January 2009. The drilling activity is estimated to last 49 days.

Polar Pioneer is a Sonat/Hitachi-designed, semi-submersible drilling facility, built in 1985. The facility was subject to main classification at Westcon in Ølen in the autumn of 2004. During the stay at the workshop, a number of upgradings were carried out to bring Polar Pioneer up to the standards of Statoil's technical requirements for drilling facilities operating on the Snøhvit field.

The facility is operated by Transocean Offshore North Sea Ltd NUF. It has previously drilled production wells on Snøhvit and several exploration wells in the Barents Sea for Statoil, Hydro and Eni.

Polar Pioneer received the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in July 2004.