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Consent to exploration drilling in the Barents Sea - production licence 229

Eni Norge AS (Eni) has received consent to drill two exploration wells in the Barents Sea using the mobile facility Polar Pioneer.

Wells 7122/7-4 and 7122/7-5 are situated approximately 80 km north-west of Hammerfest (see map).


The exploration drilling is planned to last from 1 October, 2006 to 14 January, 2007. Drilling in oil-bearing layers may be carried out during the period 1 September - 28 February.

The consent has been granted on the basis of Eni's submitted application including additional information stating that the planned operations will be carried out in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements.

The consent has been granted in accordance with the contents of the Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for Polar Pioneer, issued on 6 May, 2004, with the responsibilities this entails for the shipowner and the operator.


Press contact in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Ole-Johan Faret,
Tlf +47 970 54 064