The consent applies to exploration drilling of well 6407/8-5 S and A (sidetrack). The well is part of production licence 348 and has the following geographical coordinates:
N 60° 20' 56.593", E 07° 33' 44.188”. The water depth at the site is 252 metres. The closest distance to shore (Frøya) is 88 kilometres.
According to the application for consent, scheduled start-up for the activity is in May 2009. The activity has an estimated duration of 38 days.
West Alpha (See 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 the classification society.
West Alpha is operated by Seadrill, with an operations office in Stavanger. West Alpha received Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in December 2001.