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Consent to conduct exploration drilling with West Epsilon – well 2/5-13

Consent: StatoilHydro has received consent to conduct exploration drilling with the mobile facility West Epsilon in the southern North Sea.

The consent applies to drilling of exploration well 2/5-13, which is located in the southern North Sea approx. 20 kilometres north-east of the Ekofisk Centre (see map).

Location of the well 

The well is part of production license 296/355 and has the following geographical coordinates:

N 56° 42' 03.6",  E 03° 23' 27.0". The water depth at the site is 65 metres.

StatoilHydro will use the jack-up drilling facility West Epsilon, which is operated by Seadrill Offshore AS (Seadrill), Stavanger, to drill the well.

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway granted an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for West Epsilon on 14 February 2003.

The plan is to commence drilling in September 2008, after West Epsilon has finished a stay at the yard in Ølen. The drilling activity is expected to take 139 days.