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Consent to conduct exploration drilling with West Alpha - well 17/12-4

Consent: BG Norge (BG) has been granted consent to conduct exploration drilling with the mobile facility West Alpha. The consent relates to drilling of appraisal well* 17/12-4 in the southern North Sea.

* Appraisal well
An exploration well drilled to  determine the extent and scope of a potential petroleum discovery.

The well is located in the Egersund basin approx. 140 nautical miles southwest of Stavanger (see map).

Location of well 17/12-4 

The well is part of production licence 407 and has the following geographical coordinates:

N 58° 10' 37.579",  E 3° 55' 11.047". The licensees are BG (operator), Skeie Energy, Premier and Spring Energy.

Drilling is estimated to start in June 2009. Duration of the operation is approx. 70 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 classification society.

West Alpha is operated by Seadrill with an operations office in Stavanger. The company  received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in December 2001.