StatoilHydro has been granted consent to conduct exploration drilling of the wells 30/3-10S and sidetrack 30/3-10A with the mobile facility West Alpha.
The drilling activity is scheduled to start as soon as West Alpha has completed the drilling of exploration well 30/11-7 (link).). Estimated drilling start-up is mid-January 2009.
The wells 30/3-10 S and A are located seven kilometres southeast of Huldra, 11 kilometres east of Veslefrikk (see map) and approx. 150 kilometres west of Bergen.
The wells are part of production licence 052 and have the following geographical coordinates:
N 60° 47' 43.5", E 02° 41' 11.8". The water depth at the site is 122 metres.
The drilling activity is estimated to last 160 days.
West Alpha is an Ultra Yatzy drilling facility, built in 1986. The facility has been modified several times and is registered in Panama with Det norske Veritas as the classification society.
West Alpha is operated by Seadrill, with an operations office in Stavanger. The installation received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in December 2001.