The consent relates to the drilling of exploration well 34/3-2 S, which is part of production licence 373S. The well is situated about 30 km northeast of Snorre and 258 km northwest of Bergen.
The well has the following geographical coordinates:
N 61° 48' 45.06", E 2° 49' 16.46". The water depth at the site is 429 metres.
According to the application for consent, drilling will commence in early November 2009. The activity has an expected duration of 87 days.
West Alpha (photo) 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 operations office in Stavanger. The facility received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in December 2001.