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Consent to conduct exploration drilling with Polar Pioneer on Snøhvit

StatoilHydro has received consent to carry out exploration drilling of well 7120/8-4 using the mobile facility Polar Pioneer.


Location of well 7120/8-4

Location map

Well 7120/8-4, Askeladd Beta in the Barents Sea, is part of production license 064 and has the following geographic coordinates:

N 71° 28' 36.7", E 20° 26' 44.3".

Polar PioneerThe plan is to start drilling in early November 2007, and the activity has an estimated duration of 44 days.

Askeladd Beta's proven gas reserves will become part of the reserve basis for a decision to build a new LNG Train 2 facility on Melkøya island. The plan calls for the well to be permanently plugged back.

The Polar Pioneer (pictured) is operated by Transocean Offshore.

The facility received the PSA's (AoC) in May 2004.

Links:
The SFT's discussion of this matter (Norwegian)
Caring for both people and the environment (the PSA's annual report)
Exploration drilling in the Barents Sea - roles and responsibilities

Press contact in the PSA
Ole-Johan Faret
Telephone: +47 41 68 35 46
E-mail:
ole-johan.faret@ptil.no