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Consent to exploration drilling in the Norwegian Sea

Statoil ASA has received consent to carry out exploration drilling using the mobile facility West Alpha. The consent applies to appraisal well 6406/3-7, which is part of production license 314.


The geographical location of the well (see map) is 64° 46' 14.7" N, 06° 42' 29.3" E. The plan is to start the drilling activity after completion of drilling well 6506/11-8 (link), estimated at the beginning of July 2006.

The drilling activity is expected to take 92 days. An additional approx. 40 days may be needed for production testing. After the drilling operation is complete, the well will be permanently plugged.

The West Alpha is owned and operated by Smedvig Offshore AS. The facility received an (AoC) in December 2001.

Contact in the PSA:
Mike Theiss