The consent applies to drilling of exploration well 25/9-3 which is part of production licence 412. The well (see map) is located approx. 22 km north of the Balder field and approx. 190 km west of Stavanger.
The well has the following geographical coordinates:
N 59º 26' 05.030", E 02º 40' 42.880". The water depth at the site is approx. 125 metres.
The earliest start-up time is the end of July 2009. The drilling activity is estimated to last 40 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 installation received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in December 2001.