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Consent to conduct exploration drilling with West Phoenix – well 30/4-D-1 AH

Consent: Total E&P Norge AS (Total) has been granted consent to conduct exploration drilling in the North Sea with the mobile facility West Phoenix.

The consent applies to drilling of appraisal well 30/4-D-1 AH on the Hilde field (see map), which is part of production licence 043 with Total as operator, and Petoro AS and StatoilHydro ASA as the other licensees.

Location of the well

The well has the following geographical coordinates: N 60° 30.3', E 02° 2.8'.

Hild was proven in 1979 near the delimitation line to the UK Continental Shelf. The sea depth is approx. 100 – 120 metres. The reservoir is complicated, with gas and condensate at high temperatures and high pressure. Total took over as operator in 1990.

Start-up time will be in July 2009. The activity on Hild is expected to last 196 days, including completion and flow of the well for ten days.

The semi-submersible drilling facility West Phoenix is operated by Seadrill Management AS. The facility is of the Moss Maritime CS50 type, and was built at the Samsung shipyard in South Korea.

West Phoenix was granted the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) in June 2008 (link).